Cowboys hopeful Mat McBriar will play

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys are hoping Mat McBriar will be able to punt Sunday at Philadelphia even with a left foot injury.

If he can’t, then the Cowboys would sign Chris Jones, who went to training camp with the team and averaged just 37 yards on eight punts in the preseason with a long of 49 yards, to the active roster.

Jones worked out for the Cowboys on Thursday and was signed to the practice squad on Friday and cut defensive lineman Robert Calloway.

“We have some plan B options from the punting standpoint,” coach Jason Garrett said, “but we’re hopeful he’ll be ready to go.”

Not having McBriar could be devastating against Philadelphia because of its punt returner, DeSean Jackson. He is averaging only 6.4 yards per return this year, but he is among the most dangerous returners in the NFL.

But the Cowboys would feel McBriar’s absence on more than just punting. He also serves as the holder for Dan Bailey. Garrett said Jon Kitna could be an option as a holder, however, he did not handle the job in 2009. That went to Tony Romo.

Jones worked as Bailey’s holder for most of training camp.