Left guard La'el Collins plans to seek a second opinion before deciding whether to have surgery on his injured big toe, which would prompt the Dallas Cowboys to place the second-year starter on injured reserve.
"It's a pain thing and we'll see how he tolerates it," Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. "He's a tough, tough player and has a high tolerance for pain. He'll probably not have surgery and see if he can work through this."
The Cowboys are still working through testing with wide receiver Dez Bryant, who had a sprained right knee Sunday but played start to finish against the Bears. Jones said no MRI exam was conducted Monday but could order the test Tuesday if Bryant's knee is swollen or inflamed.
Bryant was injured in the first quarter but returned to catch three passes for 40 yards, including his first touchdown of the season.
"He certainly finished the game out, and that in and of itself is a good indication," Jones said. "It doesn't mean that he's going to be free of the symptoms or the injury, but, again, we may look at an MRI before this day is over."
Collins has started 14 games at left guard since signing as an undrafted free agent out of LSU. Ronald Leary replaced Collins in Sunday's game and was a three-year starter - 2012-14 - before Dallas bumped him in favor of Collins. Leary has 35 career starts, which is one reason Jones would be comfortable keeping Collins on the roster for several weeks while injured.
Moving him to injured reserve would be required if Collins opts for surgery. The recovery time is typically at least six weeks and as great as 10 weeks. With Tony Romo on the 53-man roster but unavailable, the Cowboys would be challenging their own depth by carrying two unavailable players on the 53.
Leary's value could be learned in short order, and Jones was outspoken in July about holding onto him despite serious trade interest.
"The dropoff isn't as acute as it might've been," Jones said. "Boy, am I glad we didn't take trade bait and kept him."