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Mat McBriar's foot isn't getting better

IRVING, Texas -- Punter Mat McBriar attempted a few punts during Wednesday's practice at Valley Ranch, but the nerve damage in his left (non-kicking) foot still gives him problems.

"I know it hasn't improved at all," McBriar said. "We have to get practices in and manage it better."

McBriar saw a neurologist earlier this week who told him the nerve is not severely damaged and it will heal in time.

"I have feeling in it, I just can't bring it up," McBriar said.

The injury occurred in the St. Louis game, in which he punted three times for 145 yards. He had a net average of 48.3, a season high. He also landed two punts inside the 20.

"I was lucky to get through that," McBrair noted.

Last week against Philadelphia, the pain was too much to overcome and McBriar sat for Dan Bailey, who punted twice, all in the second half. McBriar will adjust the brace on his lower left leg in an attempt to take pressure off the foot. McBriar can't move his foot up, so the brace keeps the foot upward to help with the pain.

"Just test it in practice and see how we go," he said. "We thought we'd be fine in the game and we weren't."

If McBriar can't punt, the Cowboys will use either Bailey or call up Chris Jones from the practice squad.