David Buehler is a game-time decision

September, 26, 2011
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IRVING -- Cowboys kicker David Buehler (groin) is listed on the injury report as questionable but said he plans on playing Monday night vs. the Washington Redskins.

He's more of a game-time decision.

If Buehler can't play, rookie Dan Bailey will take over.

Bailey, from Oklahoma State, had seven kickoffs in two preseason games at Cowboys Stadium with two touchbacks.

When Buehler gets to Cowboys Stadium he'll attempt a few kickoffs to see how he feels. If the area isn't giving him trouble, he'll play. The Cowboys will be cautious with Buehler, because they don't want to lose him long-term. With Buehler not handling field goal duties because of the addition of Bailey, it's moved him back into his 2009 role, where he handled kickoffs and ran downfield to make tackles. Buehler already has one special teams tackle this year.

You take a risk with Buehler getting hurt when he covers kickoffs.

"That's just the nature of it," coach Jason Garrett said of dealing with Buehler's health. "We don't get too caught up in the whys of it. We just have to deal with the reality of the situation. We'll see him on a day to day basis as well and see if he's able to go on Monday night."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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