The Dallas Cowboys have punter issues this week and it may affect more than just punting and field position. Their regular punter Chris Jones, who didn’t play last game because of a knee injury, appears close to playing but it isn’t a given yet. The other punter on the roster, Brian Moorman, suffered what he termed a freak injury to his groin in practice and is out for the game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Injuries to punters are often overlooked because, let’s face it, they’re punters and they don’t play on every play. Although they are an important part of the game, most fans would rather see a punter hurt than their starting running back.
However, punters do more than just kick the ball. They do have other important responsibilities, such as holding the ball for field goal kickers. With the Cowboys injuries to their punters, guess who was seen practicing his holds today? None other than Tony Romo.
I’m trying to think: has he ever held on field goals before? Yes, of course I’m joking, but I’m probably telling the nicest version of a joke about Romo holding that can possibly be told.
The truth is despite his one major mistake as a holder in Seattle that night, Romo has been a successful holder since then. In 2009, he also volunteered for the job when Mat McBriar was hurt and Romo held on kicks without incident for Nick Folk.
Romo said he “took a few snaps” today and is available “if needed.”
It’s the “if needed” part that scares Cowboys fans the most. Most likely he won’t be and the Cowboys are just making sure they’re prepared if anything should happen to Jones and he’s unavailable.
Hopefully it doesn’t come down to that and Romo can concentrate on what he does best: playing quarterback.
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