The Dallas Cowboys are hopeful that Mat McBriar, who is currently dealing with an injury to his left foot, will play on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles--but they’re approaching the situation with enough caution to have a fall-back plan in place if that doesn’t happen.
Punter Chris Jones worked out for the team on Thursday and was signed to the practice squad. If McBriar is unable to go, he would be promoted to the active roster.
“We have some plan B options from the punting standpoint,” head coach Jason Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas, “but we’re hopeful [McBriar]’ll be ready to go.”
That the Cowboys are holding out hope for McBriar isn’t surprising. A two-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro (both in 2006 and 2010), McBriar has pinned opponents within their own 20-yard line on more than 34 percent of his career punts. This kind of proficiency may be crucial against Philadelphia, who have the always dangerous DeSean Jackson returning punts.
That is, if we see a fellow named Chris Jones punting on Sunday night, McBriar really, really, wasn’t able to go.
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