The Dallas Cowboys are going with veteran kicker Mike Nugent for the next couple weeks as regular Dan Bailey recovers from a groin injury.
Nugent has played 12 seasons in the NFL, including the past seven with the Cincinnati Bengals. He lost a battle with Aldrick Rosas for the New York Giants kicking job before the season.
Nugent has made 80.8 percent of his field goal attempts in his career (236 of 292). He has also made 96.9 percent of his PAT attempts, though he missed six last season (23 of 29).
Punter Chris Jones served as the holder for Tuesday’s tryouts and said Nugent had no special requests.
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“He doesn’t like it tilted a specific way or anything crazy,” Jones said. “Just basically get the ball down and we’re good.”
Defensive end Damontre Moore, meanwhile, was a surprising cut on Tuesday. The former Texas A&M product played just three games for the Cowboys.
He was suspended the first two and was inactive Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Moore did not register a sack with the Cowboys. The coaches credited him with seven tackles and four quarterback pressures in three games.
Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford said losing Moore is a blow to the unit, but they have to go with the “next man up” philosophy.
“I feel like we just hold it down for where we’re at,” Crawford said. “Definitely a hard loss for us. Hopefully he bounces back strong.”
The Cowboys play at Washington Sunday. Kickoff 3:25 p.m.
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