Thursday, November 10, 2011
What the Buehler move could mean
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- Some fans and media members who follow the Cowboys scratch their heads about David Buehler's status with the team. Why is he here?
On Thursday, Buehler was placed on IR, having re-injured his groin in practice on Wednesday. It's interesting to note Buehler wasn't on the injury report released Wednesday. We think his injury happened toward the end of practice and the Cowboys didn't have enough medical information to inform the league about Buehler's injury.
Also, Buehler was moving a tackling dummy when reporters came out to the practice field on Thursday morning. Not saying you can't move a tackling dummy with a hurt groin, but just saying.
With Buehler off the roster for the remainder of the year, the Cowboys returned guard/tackle Daniel Loper to the active roster. But don't expect Loper to be here long.
The Cowboys are short a wide receiver with Miles Austin nicked up for 2-to-4 weeks with a right hamstring strain. Dwayne Harris, a rookie, has been back and forth on the active roster and currently is on the practice squad.
The return game is a mess and Harris could return to his role as the kick/punt returner alongside Kevin Ogletree.
So Harris might get the call from the practice squad before the weekend is out, with Loper getting cut.
Buehler's injury cleared up a log jam for now.
The other interesting thing about Buehler's health is that it moves kicker Dan Bailey back to the kickoff/field goal role. Yet, punter Chris Jones was attempting some kickoffs in practice on Thursday. Kai Forbath, currently on the reserve/non football injury list, also kicked off in practice on Thursday.
The Cowboys have 21 days to get Forbath some practice work before doing something with him. Forbath can practice with the team without losing his status until Nov. 29, then the Cowboys have to make a move.
It will be interesting see what the Cowboys do with these decisions.