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February 09, 2012

McBriar expects full recovery after surgery to remove cyst

Cowboys punter Mat McBriar said he should make a full recovery and be ready to play again in the fall after having surgery this week to remove a cyst in his left knee, which apparently led to the “drop foot” that caused him to end the season on injured reserve.

McBriar underwent the surgery on Tuesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Dr. Robert Spinner, who performed the surgery, said it was a rare condition.

“He’s lucky, and I’m lucky because this is what I’ve been interested in,” Spinner said. “There are lots of reasons why people have drop foot. Most are not related to tumors or this type of cyst.”

McBriar, who is a free agent, said in a radio interview Thursday that he’ll need to rest about a month but could be working out in two months. Free agency in the NFL begins March 13.

“I know it’ll be a full recovery,” McBriar said on KESN 103.3 FM. Asked about his chances to return to Dallas after one of his worst statistical seasons, McBriar said his preference is to remain with the Cowboys.

“I don’t know how it’s going to end up,” he said. “I really do hope that I stay in Dallas, but I guess for the time being, just getting healthy is my main focus. I’ve been given no reason not to believe that it would come back to where it was.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez



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Dr. Spinner is an outstanding surgeon - McBriar is a lucky man!

Glad to hear the surgery went well. The Cowboys are going to miss you. I doubt that you will ever be a NFL punter again with the nerve damage to your knee. Best of luck to you in your new career, whatever it may be.

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