A very hot topic around Cowboy Nation has been the debate of whether or not the Dallas Cowboys should have two kickers on their active 53 man roster. Well, it seems that question has been unfortunately answered by a season ending injury. Specialty kicker David Buehler has re-aggravated his groin injury and been placed on Injured Reserve.
The third year kicker was only on the team for his ability to produce touchbacks during kickoffs. Rookie Dan Bailey won the field goal responsibilities from Buehler during the preseason, relegating him to kickoffs only. And many fans questioned the need for having both kickers on the roster.
The one advantage Buehler has over Bailey, outside of leg power, is that he is more of an overall athlete. It would not be uncommon to see the 6’2, 230 Ilbs kicker from USC speed down the field and get in on the special team’s tackles. Buehler also lead the league in touchbacks in 2009 with 29. Unfortunately, his numbers have dropped since that rookie season.
Despite Buehler having three touchbacks in last Sunday’s victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Bailey’s overall performance makes the loss of Buehler a lot easier to swallow. The rookie kicker has made 19 field goals straight and that stat currently ranks as the team’s third longest streak in it’s storied history.
Buehler was replaced on the roster by guard Daniel Loper. The veteran guard was signed two weeks ago to add depth to the Cowboy’s depleted offensive line. But Loper has not been active for either of the last two games and was waived last week when punter Chris Jones was activated off the practice squad.