Tuesday News & Notes

Two days after Sunday's debacle in Seattle, there's plenty of news to talk about headed towards Sunday's game against Arizona.

Jose Cortez only missed one field goal of under 40 yards through the first seven games.

Apparently, it was one too many.

Cortez, who missed a 29-yarder in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Seahawks, was released on Monday. He was placed by Shaun Suisham, who had been a member of the team's practice squad before being released last week.

The snap was high on Sunday, but holder Tony Romo got the ball down in time. Cortez said he should have made the kick. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells felt the same way. In the end, he said Cortez had been shaky for the past few weeks in practice and in games.

With the Cowboys playing so many close games, he needed to find a kicker he can trust and rely on.

"You know he settled up there pretty good for a little while, but then about a week ago he wasn't too good in practice and he was terrible in pre-game warm-up," Parcells said. "There were just too many erratic things. There were too many problems."

News, Notes
* Tucker taking over for the injured Flozell Adams at left tackle. He left it with continued concerns about rookie right tackle Rob Pettiti, who gave up two sacks, two quarterback pressures and had a holding call while trying to block Seattle defensive end Bryce Fisher.

"I gave up a couple of sacks and that hurt us," Petitti said. "I've got to play better, do a better job and not give up any sacks."

* WR Peerless Price saw his first significant playing time of the season in Sunday's game. The wide receiver caught one pass for 19 yards, returned five punts and picked up 9 yards on a reverse in the Cowboys' only touchdown drive. Parcells said he role will increase in the coming weeks.

"It was important to get the timing back," Price said. "Returning punts was new because I hadn't done it in a while."

* C Al Johnson took the blame for what was the fifth fumbled snap exchange of the season between him and quarterback Drew Bledsoe in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Johnson said the ball was wet because of the rain and it just slipped out of his hands on the snap.

* LB Dat Nguyen missed his third straight game with a "stinger". But coach Bill Parcells he will be ready for the Cardinals game. Of course, the Cowboys thought Nguyen would be ready for the Seahawks. He practiced all last week and was upgraded to probable. But in the end, Parcells didn't feel Nguyen was mentally ready to play, so he held him out.

* RB Julius Jones missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle. The Cowboys could hold Jones out another week. With a bye Nov. 6, it will give him that much more time to be 100 percent for the Eagles game to start the second half of the season.

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