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October 11, 2012

Romo may have to hold for kicks against Ravens; Orton also an option

Tony Romo may have to hold for place kicks Sunday against Baltimore, coach Jason Garrett said Thursday.

The Cowboys could need a holder because right now, they don’t know if punters Brian Moorman and Chris Jones – the regular holders – will be ready to play against the Ravens. Moorman has a groin injury, and Jones is recovering from a knee injury.

Garrett said the Cowboys have “reached out” to find some punters to bring in for a workout. But with the game only three days away, there is not much time left for a new punter to practice with Dan Bailey.

Romo was the holder for four games last year when former punter Mat McBriar was out with a leg injury and six games in 2009, including two playoff games. Before that, Romo held early in his career when he was the third quarterback. He continued as holder in 2006 when he became the starting quarterback, a year remembered for his botched hold in a playoff game at Seattle.

Backup quarterback Kyle Orton is also possible for holds, Garrett said.

“Tony is probably the best option,” Garrett said. “Orton has a little bit of history holding at some point in his life, so he’s gotten some work at that. Just off the top of my head, those are the guys that have gotten the most work for us.”

Garrett said it’s no big deal to have Romo work with the special teams in part of practice.

“It’s not that disruptive,” he said. “It’s a special teams period, so we’ve broken from offense and defense and it’s a quick five-minute period. So he just goes over there and gets it done.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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