Billy Cundiff, who missed two field-goal tries Saturday against the Panthers, was replaced Monday by Shaun Suisham, who was with the Cowboys for two games in November.
Cundiff missed a 32-yarder before halftime Saturday and a potential
game-tying 33-yarder in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Cowboys, the
latter miss was wiped out by a penalty, and Dallas went on to score the
"I just had to do something," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said of the
roster move. "You can't live with what's going on right now. You just can't
live with it."
Suisham's return is the fifth kicking change of the season. Cundiff had
been the incumbent kicker since 2002 before being injured and released in
training camp. Jose Cortez won the job before being replaced by Suisham
after seven games.
The Cowboys re-signed Cundiff Nov. 19 and released Suisham because they
wanted some veteran experience down the stretch.
The move gave them little comfort. Cundiff missed three kicks under 40
yards, including a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter of an overtime loss to
the Broncos on Thanksgiving Day that would have won the game in regulation.
Parcells said a lack of confidence in Cundiff began affecting the way the
Cowboys called plays, thus affecting their ability to win. With a shot at
the playoffs still possible, he said the Cowboys had to make a move.
"I'm excited," Suisham said. "This what I have been working for since I
got released. I am back where I want to be. I want to help the team any way
Playoff Push Comes with New Kicker
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