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."
* 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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