Injured Vanderjagt not in Jacksonville for opener

It looks like Bill Parcells made up his mind.

Parcells said Friday he was planning for Shaun Suisham to kick against Jacksonville instead of Vanderjagt, the NFL's most accurate field goal kicker who was hampered by a groin injury throughout training camp.

"I'm not 100 percent sure right now, but I think I'm going to kick Suisham," Parcells said. "I can change my mind, but I think that's what I'm going to do."

Vanderjagt wasn't on the field or in the locker room when they were open to reporters on Friday. But Parcells said Vanderjagt took part in practice and has been kicking all week.

"I've just seen [Suisham] do a little bit more right now, and I'm not sure about Mike physically exactly based on what he said after the game last week," Parcells said. "Mike kicked pretty good in terms of numbers, and we'll see where we are. I could change my mind."

Dallas Cowboys kicker Mike Vanderjagt did not make the trip to Jacksonville on Saturday, ending his chance to kick in Sunday's opener against the Jaguars

Vanderjagt, who has made 87.5 percent of his field goal attempts in his eight NFL seasons, said he wasn't 100 percent after missing kicks of 32 and 33 yards in overtime of the preseason finale last week.

Uncertainty about Vanderjagt's health led Parcells to keep second-year kicker Suisham on the 53-man roster. Suisham, who made 3-of-4 field goals in his three games for Dallas last season, was kept primarily as a kickoff specialist and in case Vanderjagt couldn't kick.

Parcells said he wouldn't dress two kickers for Sunday's game. He said he wasn't even sure both kickers would travel Saturday to Jacksonville, and that turned out to be the case.

"As far as I know, I'm kicking. Based on what I've been told," Suisham said. "It's a great opportunity. It's also an opportunity that I didn't necessarily think I was going to have."

Suisham made all eight of his extra points last season, with two 22-yard field goals and a 21-yard kick. He was on the roster for two games in the middle of the season before Billy Cundiff returned from an injury, then came back for the final game after Cundiff was released.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.