David Buehler, the Cowboys kickoff specialist, believes he’ll be ready to return from a groin injury this week after missing the team’s past three games.
"I wanted to get out this past week but it didn't feel ready and they wanted to get a full week of kicking before I actually get in the game," Buehler said, per the Dallas Morning News. "Last week was that week. I feel good. I hit balls [Monday] and I'm going to try to get my conditioning back kicking wise. There was a while where I didn't kick. I just had treatment. It feels good to strike the ball again. I feel ready to go this week but obviously that's the trainers' call as well."
In Buehler’s absence over the past three games, rookie Dan Bailey has taken over on kickoffs--and done fairly well in this regard--while rattling off 14 consecutive successful field goal attempts as the team’s place kicker. However, owner and general manager Jerry Jones has made clear that he wants Buehler on the roster, and wants as many kickoffs as possible to go through the back of the end zone--which is why Buehler was brought in from USC in the first place.
"I just got to go out there and practice and prove that I can get it done," Buehler said. "But injuries are part of the game. And you just got to go with it and get yourself better so you can get out on the field and help your team out."
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