ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01: Punter Mat McBriar #1 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Despite not making the Pro Bowl, McBriar had arguably his best season to date under first year special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who favors directional punting as opposed to the the more hang-time-centric philosophy of DeCamillis' predecessor Bruce Read.
McBriar set a team record with 38 punts that pinned the opposing team within their own 20, and, apparently, he did so while nursing a sore knee. The Melbourne-native had only three touchbacks and averaged 45.3 yards per punt.
The success of McBriar--which has come to be expected somewhat--only added to an otherwise made-over special teams unit that was categorically better than those of the past two years. He, along with rookie kickoff specialist David Buehler, gave Dallas a marked advantage with respect to field position throughout the year.
Of course, McBriar missed the final 10 games of last season due to a broken foot, the result of a blocked punt in week 6 at Arizona. This injury will likely have less of an impact.
Following today's surgery, McBriar is expected to make a quick recovery and be ready for training camp next August.