Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is laying into the team’s injured kicker, David Buehler.
On Wednesday Buehler aggravated the groin injury that has been plaguing him this season, and on Thursday the Cowboys put Buehler on injured reserve.
Then, on his 105.3 FM radio show on Friday, Jones suggested that the injury was all Buehler’s fault for failing to properly prepare himself.
“Let me just say this, I’m frustrated because you would expect players to, and I understand injuries, but he has known all along how to prepare and how to get into shape and how to prepare himself and be ready to be a kicker,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News.
Jones didn’t say exactly what he thinks Buehler should have been doing differently to keep himself healthy, but he did say that the whole point of having Buehler on the roster was that with the new kickoff rules, the Cowboys were counting on Buehler to regularly get touchbacks. Now that’s not going to happen.
“It’s frustrating to have your kicker injured,” Jones said. “He’s a valuable asset, especially with the rules as they are right now. We’re going to be playing some key away games out in the weather and we’d like to have him kicking in them because he is a better kickoff guy than [Dan] Bailey. I’m very frustrated. It is his job to stay ready to play and prepare himself so that those kinds of things, for what he’s got to do, don’t come up.”
Those comments about Buehler are just the latest reminder that as long as Jerry Jones is signing the paychecks in Dallas, he’s not going to hesitate to call out anyone on the Cowboys’ payroll.