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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Mat McBriar undergoes surgery on leg

By Calvin Watkins

Cowboys punter Mat McBriar underwent surgery to dissolve a cyst below his left knee on Tuesday.

"Mat's surgery was a success and they expect him to make a full recovery!!," McBriar's wife Erin posted on Twitter.

McBriar was diagnosed with drop foot during the 2011 season, believed to be caused by nerve damage. The foot started to give McBriar trouble prior to the Oct. 23 game against St. Louis and he was inactive the next week against Philadelphia. He returned for the next six games before the Cowboys placed him on injured reserve the day before the regular-season finale at the New York Giants.

McBriar said at the time he was in talks with the team for a few weeks about going on IR and it was a mutual decision.

After the season, McBriar was examined over a three-day period at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he was diagnosed with an intraneural ganglion cyst below his left knee.

McBriar becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 13 and his status with the Cowboys is uncertain. He averaged 43.1 yards per punt with a 36.1-yard net average.

Coach Jason Garrett, speaking at the Senior Bowl last month, praised McBriar's toughness for playing through the injury.