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Felix Jones fails conditioning test

Dallas Cowboys running back Jones races away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Black and middle linebacker Foster during their NFL football game in Tampa Reuters

The Cowboys got training camp started with conditioning tests on Monday and not every member of the team was ready for the task.

Most notable among the three players who failed the test was running back Felix Jones. Jones wasn’t able to pass the test, which required him to run 60 yards in eight seconds, and will now have to do remedial running until he takes and passes the test. Jones won’t be practicing with the team until that happens.

While there’s plenty of time for Jones, who had shoulder surgery this offseason, to get himself under the threshold set by coach Jason Garrett, it’s definitely a negative mark for a player whose role this season still needs to be defined. DeMarco Murray will be the starting tailback and the team wants to start using Jones as a kickoff returner again, which makes it clear that they are fine slashing his time on offense. The fact that Jones couldn’t get himself healthy enough to pass the test on Monday will likely lead to the Cowboys giving a longer look at other running back options who were ready for the start of camp.

Jones was the standout name among the failures, but not the only one whose role on the team could be impacted by their inability to pass the test. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that safety Brodney Pool and wide receiver Andre Holmes will be joining Jones for some remedial running. Pool is fighting for a starting safety job and Holmes is part of the scrum for the third wide receiver spot.

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11 Responses to “Felix Jones fails conditioning test”
  1. dsjcn3 says: Jul 30, 2012 3:35 PM

    Not good when a speed guy doesn’t have any speed

  2. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 30, 2012 3:49 PM

    He looked out of shape last year too

  3. landrysghost says: Jul 30, 2012 3:51 PM

    Damn I’m freaking forty and can run an 8 second 60 yard sprint. Kind of a dissappointment for a guy with his level of potential. Felix tha “fatcat” will be his new name!

  4. bangitfootball says: Jul 30, 2012 3:52 PM

    Really disappointed in Felix Jones these last few years.

  5. pesh00 says: Jul 30, 2012 4:24 PM

    So….not only does Felix look like a 40 yr old, he now runs like one too….

  6. jonathanmca says: Jul 30, 2012 4:59 PM

    Shouldnt make a difference for professional football players but it wasnt just one 60 yard sprint. Apparently the rules of the conditioning test were:

    “Conditioning tests are administered in two sets of 10. The linemen are expected to run 40 yards in six seconds. The mid-sized players must run 50 yards in seven seconds and the skill players need to run 60 yards in eight seconds.”

  7. allascowboys says: Jul 30, 2012 5:02 PM

    I sure hope Jones doesn’t try to field any kicks out of the end zone..

  8. rajbais says: Jul 30, 2012 5:10 PM

    There’s needs to be a title for a guy that first looked promising in the league and the just tailed off later.

    That’s the case with Felix.

  9. adamjt13 says: Jul 30, 2012 5:16 PM

    It was 20 sprints, not just one. Thirty seconds between sprints, with a two-minute break after the first 10.

  10. bcjim says: Jul 30, 2012 5:42 PM

    Its almost all rbs. That flash in a pan from lest year will be next years Felix.

  11. blue22ro says: Jul 31, 2012 11:34 AM

    Is this why he ran out of bounds on that 4th down?

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