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Jason Garrett Praises "Tough" Mat McBriar

An unrestricted free agent, McBriar spent most of 2011 dealing with nerve damage in his plant foot



    Dallas Cowboys’ two-time Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar struggled for most of the season with nerve damage in his left (plant) foot, a malady that threw McBriar off his rhythm and forced him to miss the team’s season finale--prior to which he was placed on injured reserve--against the conference champion New York Giants.

    McBriar was replaced in that game by rookie Chris Jones.

    Now, the team has a decision to make regarding McBriar, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. If healthy, there’s no doubting McBriar’s abilities, but, to be certain, his questionable health complicates matters.

    "We haven't gotten into specific discussions about any of our individual players, but health is certainly an issue for him," head coach Jason Garrett said this week, per ESPN Dallas. "He did an outstanding job dealing with that injury throughout the year. He was tough. He battled through it and had some big games for us and ultimately at the end of the year he couldn't function the way we needed him to."


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