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McBriar To IR; P Jones To The Squad

In anticipation of the regular season finale against the New York Giants on Sunday night, the Cowboys moved their Pro Bowl punter, Matt McBriar, to the injured reserve list. The move ends McBriar’s season.

McBriar has been a special teams weapon for the Cowboys the last 6 seasons. This season, however, McBriar had been struggling to overcome an injury to his plant foot. The injury forced him to miss a game against the Seahawks. He was coming off a Pro Bowl season where he averaged 47.9 yards/punt and had a 41.7 net average. This season, he his only averaging 43.8 yards/punt and a net of only 36.1, numbers that are far below McBriar’s career average.

The Cowboys have brought up Chris Jones from the practice squad. Jones filled in for McBriar in the game against the Seahawks and performed quite well. The undrafted free agent from Carson Newman will look to keep up his good play in the biggest game of his career this weekend.

The biggest concern for the Cowboys is McBriar doubled as the Cowboys holder on field goals. With him out, the Cowboys will turn to either Romo or Jones, who held during preseason games. Romo is the more logical choice as he held for two games this season. The concern for Cowboys fans is always the flash back to the playoff loss to the Seahawks a few years ago when Romo botched the hold on the game-winning field goal.

McBriar is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. It is possible that McBriar might have kicked his last game for the Cowboys.


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