With McBriar hurting, Jones called up

IRVING, Texas -- With Mat McBriar questionable for Sunday’s game against Seattle with a left foot injury, the Cowboys called up punter Chris Jones from the practice squad Saturday and cut backup offensive lineman Daniel Loper.

McBriar has been bothered the last three weeks by drop foot, a nerve issue that prevents him from raising his toes. He punted three times last week at Philadelphia before the pain became too much for him to continue and forced kicker Dan Bailey into service.

McBriar said Friday he was not sure he would be able to play after going through a normal pregame workout. He was fitted with a custom brace during the week after wearing a bulkier one vs. the Eagles.

The Cowboys signed Jones to the practice squad last week but chose not to call him up. Jones was among the Cowboys’ final cuts in the preseason and averaged 37 yards per punt. He could also serve as Bailey’s holder as he worked almost exclusively with him during training camp, although coach Jason Garrett was noncommittal Friday. Tony Romo served as Bailey’s holder in McBriar’s absence last week.

Loper has been inactive since signing with the Cowboys on Oct. 18 and could return to the roster if he clears waivers.