David Buehler is on injured reserve, and that has owner Jerry Jones questioning the kickoff specialist’s preparation.
Buehler missed four games earlier this season after injuring his right groin. He returned for two games before re-injuring it in practice Wednesday. The Cowboys placed him on injured reserve Thursday.
“Let me just say this: I’m frustrated because you would expect players to… and I understand injury, but he has known all along how to prepare and how to get in shape and how to prepare himself and be ready to be a kicker,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3. “Now it’s frustrating to have your kicker injured. So he’s a valuable asset, especially with the rules as they are right now, we’re going to be playing some key away games out in the weather. We’d like to have him kicking in them because he is a better kickoff guy than [Dan] Bailey. So I’m very frustrated. It is his job to stay ready to play and prepare himself so those kinds of things for what he’s got to do don’t come up.”
Buehler said it will take about five weeks for his leg, which is black and blue, to heal.
"It sucks," he said.
Buehler had 51 touchbacks in his first two seasons. He had nine this year.
The Cowboys had been the only team with two kickers, and now Bailey will handle both roles. He had six touchbacks in the four games he kicked off.
-- Charean Williams