Around a month after being placed on the injured reserve list, Cowboys kicker David Buehler underwent surgery on his right hip on Tuesday, ESPN Dallas reports.
Buehler missed four games this season--a span during which Dan Bailey secured his role as the team’s place kicker--before returning for a pair of games more than a month ago, against Philadelphia and Seattle. But when it was clear that he wasn’t fully healthy, he was sent to the IR.
Even with Bailey going on a streak of 26 consecutive field goals (the streak ended two weeks ago against Arizona), Jerry Jones has insisted that Buehler brings value to the team as a kickoff specialist. Buehler posted touchbacks on half his attempts this season (9-18) while recording two special teams tackles. By comparison, Bailey has 21 touchbacks on 57 kickoffs this year in Buehler's absence.
According to the report, Buehler will be ready for the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program.
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