The Dallas Cowboys They no longer require the services of kicker Lirim Hajrullahu, for which they have released him from the practice team, the team announced Tuesday.
Hajrullahu fue hired before the team’s beating of the Atlanta Falcons in week ten, replacing starter Greg Zuerlein while he was on the reserve / COVID-19 list. The former Canadian Football League All-Star had no field goal attempts, but he did convert the five extra points he kicked during the 43-3 victory.
Hajrullahu also recorded seven touchbacks on seven kickoffs, including his longest kick of 65 yards.
The 31-year-old returned to the practice team after the game after Zuerlein’s return. Zuerlein played last Sunday’s loss to Kansas City, converting three field goals – 33, 30 and 48 yards. However, three of his four kickoffs were returned.
With no other kickers on his squad or practice team, Zuerlein is establishing himself as the leading kicker leading up to next Thursday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Gallup is ready to shine in place of Cooper and Lamb
Although CeeDee Lamb is “making progress” on the NFL’s concussion protocol, according to Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, the catcher in his second year in the league is unlikely to play on Thanksgiving. Lamb’s absence matches that of Amari Cooper, who is on the COVID-19 list.
Michael Gallup will be Dallas’ main receiver against Las Vegas. Gallup, recently recovered from a calf sprain, had five receptions for 44 yards during the team’s loss to the Chiefs last Sunday – 44 out of the team’s modest 194 passing yards.
“It’s my turn, that’s the way it is,” Gallup said Tuesday, November 23, via the team website. “This is how things should have been, but it was not the case. We weren’t ready for it. “
His rivals, the Raiders, have a surprisingly beefy secondary. He allows just 220.8 yards through the air, the 10th best record in the league. Gallup will be joined by Cedrik Wilson, Noah Brown and Malik Turner, who are far from being like Lamb and Cooper. But this is not the time to commiserate or make excuses.
We have to win.
“It’s not very complicated, you just have to win,” Gallup said. “We have not been winning. We need to win. Is the only that i can say”.
Zeke vows to overcome his knee problem
Beaten and bruised, and in a lot of pain from all the blows he received, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot vowed he would not miss Thursday’s game despite a knee problem that he has described as a persistent ailment.
“You get hurt in this sport. We are not going to be 100% “, Elliot said on Tuesday, November 23, through the specialized reporter, Brianna Dix. “I am strong, I can play with pain.”
Elliot is dealing with “a bone bruise”, revealed on monday Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones a day after the $ 90 million running back was hit in the lower leg.
“It bothers him, but he is a fighter. He’s strong, ”Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Dix.
However, Elliot participated without restrictions in Tuesday’s practice and is expected to play against a Raiders rushing defense that is allowing 132.1 rushing yards per game and is ranked number 30 in the league.
“I think we have to set a goal of generating a good running game on Thursday,” Elliot said, via David Moore, del Dallas Morning News.