Brian Moorman no longer a short-timer

IRVING, Texas – When Brian Moorman joined the Cowboys on Sept. 27, it was viewed as a short-term stop as Chris Jones recovered from a sprained left knee.

But on Wednesday, the Cowboys put Jones on injured reserve with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament that will not require surgery, which gives Moorman a sense of security. Or not.

“Is there ever peace of mind in this business?” Moorman said. “I think the most important thing for me is get better every day. Everything else will take care of itself. Just get better at my craft and work hard on it and do the things I need to do to help this football team. Everything else will fall into place.

"At least now I know I can get out of a hotel and maybe rent a place and get my family situated. That’s probably been the hardest part of the whole process. Another hard thing is to see -- I didn’t want to see Chris go on IR. I never would wish that on any player. I’ll try to stay positive with him and help him in any way I can to get him back for next season.”

Jones said he did not regret punting Oct. 14 at Baltimore after Moorman suffered a groin injury during the week of practice and could not play.

“I felt like it was something I needed to do,” Jones said. “I felt like I was going to help the team out with Brian having that groin injury that week. It was just something I had to do.”

Jones punted once against the Ravens and felt some throbbing pain before it subsided.

“It is disappointing,” Jones said. “Can’t change any of it. That’s part of football. Stuff like that happens to guys week in and week out. I tried to push through it and hoped it would get better to still be able to punt effectively. I know it has gotten a lot better since the injury happened, but it’s still lingering there. Hopefully I can take time and get completely healthy.”