Two punters, two kickers jam roster

The Cowboys are the only team in the NFL with two punters and two kickers on the active roster and it's messing up any potential roster moves.

Having David Buehler and Dan Bailey as the kickers has been an ongoing saga all season. There really isn't much difference between Buehler and Bailey when it comes to kickoffs; however, Buehler did have his best efforts of the season on Sunday against Seattle.

It would appear Buehler and Bailey are not going anywhere. Bailey has made 19 consecutive field goal attempts and Buehler was strong on kickoffs, sending five of his six kickoffs into the end zone and getting three touchbacks.

The punter situation is where things get tricky.

Mat McBriar has a nerve problem in his left (non-kicking) foot which makes it hard to plant when he attempts kicks. The pain was too much for him to continue in the game against St. Louis, so Bailey took over. It forced the Cowboys to sign Chris Jones to the practice squad. Jones was moved to the active roster the day before the St. Louis when it was determined McBriar couldn't kick.

McBriar's status for Sunday's gave against Buffalo is uncertain, and the team is hopeful he can return. But there are issues to consider.

The Cowboys probably need another wide receiver with Miles Austin out two to four weeks with a right hamstring injury. It leaves the Cowboys with Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree, Laurent Robinson and Jesse Holley as the only healthy wideouts on the active roster.

There are three healthy wide receivers on the practice squad, Dwayne Harris, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Andre Holmes. The Cowboys could move Harris up -- he started the season on the active roster -- but McBriar's uncertainty gives the team pause.

Harris should be on the active roster, but injuries and the decision to keep two kickers hampers the team at receiver. Now you could say tight end Jason Witten is in reality the No. 2 receiver with Robinson as the true No. 3 in the Cowboys offense. Robinson, at this stage, is the hot receiver right now with opponents taking Bryant out of the game with double-teams.

It would seem the Cowboys should cut Buehler, but they value him.

The Cowboys could move another player, such as defensive end Clifton Geathers or tight end Martellus Bennett, but that's not going to happen. The front office likes the potential in Geathers and the Cowboys want to keep three tight ends.

For now, this roster will continue to be jammed.