Dwayne Harris sparks kick return game

IRVING, Texas -- To say the Cowboys’ kickoff return game has been a struggle in 2011 would be kind. It’s been bad, as in ranked 23rd in the league before Saturday’s game against Philadelphia.

But maybe the return of rookie wide receiver Dwayne Harris to the mix will help the field-position game.

Harris returned two kickoffs against the Eagles for a 42.5-yard average, including a 51-yard return in the fourth quarter.

Harris averaged 24.7 yards on three kick returns earlier this season but found himself on the practice squad for 10 weeks before his call-up on Dec. 14.

“The coaches, they know what I can do,” said Harris, who was limited to a 1-yard average on three punt returns. “Earlier in the season I was playing a little bit, kick return, punt return. They know I can play football. They just gave me a chance to show what I can do this week.”

Harris was active in part because Kevin Ogeltree hurt his knee in practice last week. They might consider keeping Harris as the kick returner even if Ogletree is able to return for the Jan. 1 finale against the New York Giants.