Cowboys punter Mat McBriar is in Indianapolis, where he will moonlight as a reporter for ESPN Australia.
Two days after the Super Bowl, McBriar will undergo surgery on his injured left foot, which has nerve damage. McBriar said he spent two days at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., last week, where his injury finally was correctly diagnosed.
“It’s frustrating,” McBriar said. “We could be four months further along.”
McBriar ended the season on injured reserve. A nerve test after the season showed no progress from the one he took in October, and his neurologist suggested a second opinion from the specialists at Mayo or Johns Hopkins.
McBriar said he should be able to resume punting this summer. That could, however, hurt his marketability. He is a free agent, and he has no idea where his future will take him.
“I’m no good to anybody until I get healthy,” McBriar said.
In his eight seasons with the Cowboys, McBriar has been the model of consistency with a career average of 45.3 yards and a net of 38.4. He had one of his worst seasons in 2011 with a 43.8 yards average and a 36.1 net.
-- Charean Williams