Cowboys place K Buehler on injured reserve

The Dallas Cowboys placed kicker David Buehler on injured

reserve Thursday because of a right groin injury, ending his


The move came a day after Buehler re-aggravated the injury in

practice. The kickoff specialist had been back for only two games

after missing the previous four.

”We felt like it was important for us to give him a chance to

come back and kick, so we were very patient with him,” coach Jason

Garrett said. ”I’m not so sure that he was completely


After Buehler was limited in training camp by the injury, rookie

Dan Bailey took over kicking field goals. Bailey has made 20 of 21

attempts, including his last 19 in a row for a Cowboys rookie


Buehler, a third-year player from Southern California, was 24 of

32 on field goals last season, when he had 22 touchbacks on

kickoffs. He led the NFL with 29 touchbacks as a rookie in 2009,

and had nine on 18 kickoffs this season.

While Garrett liked having the kickoff specialist, the team just

didn’t feel like Buehler would have time to get fully healthy this


”We just feel like it’s going to take him much too long to come

back,” Garrett said. ”Start factoring in how long he’s going to

be out, how many games we’ve got left, we felt like that was the

best decision for our team.”

Dallas also re-signed guard Daniel Loper, who had just been

released Saturday.