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December 10, 2012

Brian Moorman's job not in jeopardy this week despite his struggles Sunday

The Bills released Brian Moorman earlier this season because of his struggles with directional punting. He signed with the Cowboys, where he had been solid until Sunday.

In his first eight games with the Cowboys, Moorman had 35 punts for a 44.9 average with a 39.7 net. On Sunday, he had five punts for a 33.0 average and a 33.6 net. (He got a minus-3-yard return to help his net.) Moorman had punts of 27, 23 and 27 as he struggled to directionally punt against Bengals returner Adam Pacman Jones.

Despite that, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team has no plans to try out other punters. 

"We feel good about Brian," Garrett said Monday. "He’s punted well for us. He’s had some mis-hits for us. Sometimes that happens against a good returner like Pacman. We wanted him to directionally kick, and he missed a couple frankly. The ball was out of bounds, but certainly we wanted it to be further. We wanted his net to be further down the field. He’s punted a long time in this league and punted very well. He’s punted very well for us. We’ll continue to support him and help him and give him a great chance to be successful this week."

The Cowboys signed Moorman because of the season-ending injury to Chris Jones. Jones partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left (kicking) knee on an illegal hit he took in the Tampa Bay game. Moorman, a 12-year veteran, has a 43.4 average and a 39.0 net with the Cowboys. In three games with the Bills, he had a 45.5 average and a 32.7 net.

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean

 

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