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October 05, 2011

Buehler feels an urgency to get back on the field

Cowboys kickoff specialist David Buehler knows he better hurry back or risk losing his job with Dan Bailey now having as many touchbacks as Buehler.

Although Jerry Jones repeatedly has said Buehler isn't going anywhere, Buehler knows there are no guarantees in the NFL.

"You can’t get complacent," said Buehler, who has a groin injury. "You’ve just got to work hard. I feel like Dan is doing a great job. He’s done a great job the last two games and the two games before that. I’ve got to get out there and compete against him and get my job back."

Bailey has had five touchbacks. He has allowed eight returns for 176 yards, a 22.0 average, with a long return of 28 yards.

Buehler has five touchbacks. He has allowed five returns for 121 yards, a 24.2 average, with a long return of 43 yards.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett suggested Monday that Bailey's performance merits at least discussion about whether the Cowboys need two kickers.

The Cowboys will have to make a roster move in Week 7 when they activate rookie linebacker Bruce Carter off the reserve/non-football injury list.

Buehler said he expects to begin kicking again next week.

"I obviously have to practice if I want to play," Buehler said. "I’m hopeful for next week. So just trying to get as much treatment as possible and get back on the field."

-- Charean Williams


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Buehler has had plenty of time to win the job of kicker outright. Bailey has already done just that. Use the roster spot for someone who can do more than kickoff.

Is it too late in the year for Buehler to apply for the student kicking coach job at USC?

Because he's going to be unemployed very soon.

Put a fire undersome's butt and he will run.

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