TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 13: Defenders Quincy Black #58, Gaines Adams #90 and Chris Hovan #95 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempt to block the kick from Nick Folk #6 of the Dallas Cowboys during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
While struggling through last season with Dallas, kicker Nick Folk, now with the New York Jets, refused to place any blame on the off-season hip surgery that effectively kept him out until training camp.
Now, Folk has changed his tune, and admitted that he was, in fact, affected by the surgery through the 2009 season, which saw the former Pro Bowl selection go 18 for 28 on field goals before being cut after a week 15 win over New Orleans. In that game, Folk missed a potentially crucial 24-yarder with a little over two minutes left.
"I thought I was doing a few things right, but my body didn't agree,'' Folk said to reporters in New York, per the Dallas Morning News. "I'm all back to normal now, and I'm kicking well.''
Many around Dallas have wondered aloud why Folk wasn't placed on the injured reserve if health was a question, an idea that will gain a considerable amount of steam with this admission.
Currently, former Arena League standout Connor Hughes and kickoff specialist David Buehler are the only kickers on Dallas's roster. Shaun Suisham, who finished the season with the team, was not tendered, making him a free agent.