NFL Trade Rumors: Does Felix Jones' Injury Take Tashard Choice off the Block?

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVOctober 18, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 25:  Runningback Tashard Choice #23 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes the football during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 25, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 27-26.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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While Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that at least two teams have expressed interest in running back Tashard Choice, circumstances outside of the team's control have made it unlikely that he will be traded before today's deadline.

Starting running back Felix Jones is suffering from a high ankle sprain that could sideline him for up to a month. While backup DeMarco Murray is expected to get the start over Choice while Jones is out, the team still needs to have depth at the position.

Choice is in the final year of his rookie contract and he's not getting off to a good enough start, should he want Dallas to re-sign him at the end of the season. He has just 67 yards on 26 carries through five games, with 11 receptions for 71 yards and is averaging just 2.6 yards per carry.

Even if Jones were healthy, it's unlikely that the Cowboys would get more than a late-round pick for Choice. This value might be enticing if Jones weren't hurt, but now that he is, Choice is worth more to Dallas as insurance for Murray and Jones than whatever draft pick they'd get in trade.

Clearly, Choice won't be with the Cowboys after this season, and we're not likely to see him on the field much throughout the rest of the season. But, with Jones hurt, Choice still has value to his team—at least for 10 more weeks.