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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Dwayne Harris to return punts, maybe kicks

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- When the Cowboys released Bryan McCann, it meant Dwayne Harris and possibly Demarco Murray could get moved to kick returns.

Harris, a sixth-round pick from East Carolina, has returned kicks and punts in college. In the NFL, Harris has four punt returns for 42 yards with no touchdowns. He has yet to return a kickoff in the NFL.

“I can do both," Harris said. "I think I've done a pretty good job on punt returns, but I'm still working."

In the Week 2 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Harris was faced with a daunting task of taking on punter Andy Lee, considered one of the top players at his position. Lee had a net average of 45.7 on Sunday with one touchback and one punt inside the 20 out of six attempts. Through two weeks, Lee leads the NFL in net average among punts at 49.5.

Harris returned a punt 14 yards in the second quarter after Lee punted it 63 yards to the Dallas 15.

The Cowboys could also use Murray on kickoffs, but he's struggled at times. He dropped one in the end zone in Week 1 against the New York Jets and was tentative coming out to return another.

Murray didn't get a chance last week but could Monday night.