Saturday, December 31, 2011
Mat McBriar placed on IR
By Todd Archer
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mat McBriar’s season is over with one game to go.
The Cowboys put McBriar on injured reserve on Saturday and called up Chris Jones from the practice squad.
On Friday McBriar said he was feeling good enough to punt in Sunday’s season finale at the New York Giants. McBriar was not sure if he would need surgery on his left foot or when the nerves would fire again so he could lift his foot.
McBriar has been bothered by a case of “drop foot” for the last two months and has not seen improvement. His kicking has been affected with only one game with a net average of better than 39.2 yards in the last seven games.
Jones replaced McBriar for the Oct. 30 game at Philadelphia and had a 39.5-yard average with a 37-yard net.
McBriar, who will be a free agent when the season ends, averaged 43.8 yards per punt to go with a 36.1-yard net average this year. It his lowest net since his first year in 2004.
McBriar’s absence also creates an issue at holder. He had worked with Dan Bailey for most of the year and returned to the spot for the last four games once his leg could handle the movement. Tony Romo had been Bailey’s holder with McBriar hurt, but he will play Sunday with a bruised right hand. Jones worked with Bailey for most of training camp before he was cut.
The Cowboys also called up quarterback Chris Greisen from the practice squad and cut guard Daniel Loper. Greisen was signed to the practice squad on Dec. 14 after the team decided to put Jon Kitna on injured reserve. This is the second straight year Greisen has been called up by the Cowboys for the final regular-season game. He served as Stephen McGee’s backup last year at Philadelphia.