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Sunday, February 26, 2012
Jerry Jones: Mat McBriar a 'top punter'

By Todd Archer

INDIANAPOLIS – A few days after Super Bowl XLVI, Mat McBriar had surgery to help dissolve a cyst below his right knee that led to the worst season the two-time Pro Bowl punter had in five seasons.

It was not the best of timing for McBriar because he will be a free agent on March 13, but the surgery was a success and his agent, Jack Bechta, indicated at the NFL scouting combine everything was pointing toward a full recovery.

McBriar, who averaged 43.7 yards per punt with a 36.1-yard net average, said before the surgery he should be full go by June if not sooner.

The Cowboys have Chris Jones, who punted in two games in McBriar’s absence in 2011, on the roster, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones sounded hopeful about a possible return for McBriar.

“Without trying to practice medicine, we know he’s a top punter and we’ll look at it more positively than negatively as to his chance of recovery,” Jones said.