Chris Jones had a sleeve on his left knee as he sat at his locker Thursday. He wants to punt this week, but for at least one game, he will watch somebody else do his job.
Jones sprained his punting knee when he was hit by Bucs linebacker Dekoda Watson, forcing the Cowboys to sign a temporary replacement. Dallas settled on Brian Moorman after ex-Cowboy Mat McBriar turned them down for a second time and signed with Philadelphia instead.
Moorman won the tryout over former Lions punter Ryan Donahue in a tryout at Cowboys Stadium this week.
"Anybody’s surprised when they get cut," said Moorman, who started his career with the Bills in 2001 and was in Buffalo until this week when the Bills released him. "Obviously, I’d been there a long time. It is what it is. It’s time to just move on to a new chapter. I’m excited to be part of such a storied franchise, whether it’s a short time or a long time. I’m here to hopefully do as good as Chris has done over these last few weeks. He’s done a great job. I hope to continue that for the team."
Moorman has a 45.5 average this season, higher than his career average of 43.9. But his net is only 32.7, lower than his career of 37.6. He has allowed 172 return yards, including a touchdown, on 15 punts this season. Jets returner Jeremy Kerley, a former TCU standout, returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown against Moorman and the Bills in the season opener.
-- Charean Williams