Thursday News & Notes

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones all but guaranteed a playoff run for his struggling football team.

He said he doesn't foresee Wade Phillips not being the team's coach next year.

The Cowboys (5-4) need to win at least five of their last seven to reach 10-6 and be in playoff contention. Jones said his team will be there when the season ends.

"Yes, absolutely," Jones said. "That's not optimism. I just see that we were going to have to be a team that is playing well and won a lot of ballgames at the end of the year to be what we want to be anyway and this is as good a time to start as next week. I certainly do feel we're going to be a team that plays well enough to be thinking about the playoffs."

Regarding Phillips, Jones said part of the team's struggles can be blamed on injuries, namely a broken finger that kept quarterback Tony Romo on the sideline the last three games. Romo is expected back for Sunday's game against the Redskins and Jones expects a playoff push. In that event, he said he hasn't given any thoughts to Phillips not returning as head coach, no matter the local speculation that he is in his final days as Cowboys coach, a playoff run or not.

"Again, I haven't given it any consideration at all, and his contract is his contract and when I look at what we've got a chance to do this year, we're all disappointed that we're not farther down the road," Jones said. "But I just want to simply say, I have not given it any consideration."

When pressed about the nuances of saying he hasn't given it a thought as opposed to saying he will certainly be back, Jones added: "I can't, I don't want to go there. I hate that I think that's kind of that double-edged deal, when you're asked that question; the answer is and should be from my perspective, are you considering in any way making a coaching change, and I'm absolutely not."

WEDNESDAY LEFTOVERS: CB Adam Jones will be welcomed back to the Cowboys if he gets reinstated from suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, owner Jerry Jones said. Jones is expected to be reevaluated by Goodell next week. He will complete his stint at an alcohol rehab facility in Boston this weekend and return to Dallas to continue his suspension and adhere to whatever stipulations the league puts forth until he gets reinstated.

* QB Brad Johnson will be the backup quarterback against the Redskins even though he was demoted to third string because the Cowboys need him to be the holder on kickoffs and extra points.

* RB Felix Jones missed practice again on Thursday with a torn hamstring. The Cowboys are being cautious about bringing him back because they don't want it to be a season-ending injury. He is doubtful for the Redskins game, marking likely his fourth straight missed game.

* LB Bobby Carpenter missed a second straight practice because of a strained groin. He is questionable for the Redskins game on Sunday.

* WR Isaiah Stanback missed practice Thursday because of a sublexed shoulder. He is questionable for the Redskins game on Sunday.

* WR Roy Williams has been promoted to the starting lineup.

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