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David Buehler says he will be active

10/28/2011

IRVING, Texas -- As the Cowboys ponder several roster decisions for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia, one has apparently been made already. Kickoff specialist David Buehler said he will be active for the first time since Week 2 at San Francisco.

“I thought it was going to be last week but it got a little sore, but this week I was able to do it all, full practices kicking off on Wednesday,” Buehler said. “I feel fine. I’m excited to get back on the field. I’ll be ready to go at the Linc at 8:20 as coach Garrett likes to say.”

Buehler has been inactive the last four games because of a groin injury, which has given Dan Bailey the full kicking chores. With cold temperatures expected Sunday, Buehler’s leg strength should help on kickoffs. He has five touchbacks this season and 51 for his career.

The Cowboys will have decisions to make on punter Mat McBriar (foot), running back Tashard Choice (hamstring/shoulder), guard Derrick Dockery (knee) and linebacker Bruce Carter (knee).

Carter, the team’s second-round pick, is likely to get the call up from the non-football injury list after practicing the last two weeks but he said he has not been told for sure he will be activated. To do so the Cowboys would have to release a player from the 53-man roster.

“I’m very anxious,” said Carter, who is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. “It’s been a long time since I played football. For me I’m ready to get it under my belt and play.”