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November 14, 2012

Dwayne Harris named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Cowboys punt returner Dwayne Harris has been named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week. He had a career-long 78-yard punt return in the Cowboys' 38-23 victory over Philadelphia and finished with 97 punt return yards with a special teams tackle.

He is the first Dallas returner to be honored with the NFC's special teams award since Bryan McCann in 2010, which also marked the last time Dallas had returned a punt for a touchdown.

Harris took over the punt return duties from Dez Bryant after Bryant lost a fumble against the Giants on Oct. 28. Harris had a 37-yard return against the Falcons in his first game as the primary punt returner. He is averaging 18.9 yards on eight punt returns, which would rank second in the league if Harris had enough returns to qualified.

Harris played a season-high 15 snaps on offense two weeks ago. He played only three against the Eagles. Though he has no catches this season, he might get his chance soon.

"I think Dwayne is just getting better and better as a player," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "I think that shows up in the opportunities he's gotten in the kicking game. He's just making returns. He's always been very solid with the ball in his hands. He can catch the ball. He's strong running the ball. He's made some big plays for us the last couple of weeks. He gave us good field position and obviously has scored a touchdown for us in the kicking game, and we have a lot of confidence in him as a receiver as well. He's grown and grown every day. He's taken advantage of his practice reps whenever he gets a chance in the game."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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