Greg Zuerlein

Dallas Cowboys
Place Kicker #4
Dallas Cowboys
Place Kicker #4
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Rehabbing from back surgery

Zuerlein has been placed on the PUP list due to offseason back surgery, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 33-year-old kicker has a history of back problems, including Dec. 2017 surgery to repair a herniated disk. Even so, the Cowboys head into training camp without another kicker on the roster, giving us a strong hint that they expect Zuerlein to be ready for Week 1. For now, backup punter Hunter Niswander can work with the FG and kickoff units in practice while Zuerlein finishes up his rehab process.

Jul 22, 2021 11:28 AM EST


Placed on PUP list

The Cowboys are putting Zuerlein (back) on the PUP list to start training camp, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While there hasn't been any report of offseason surgery, Zuerlein does have a history of back injuries, including some appearances on the Cowboys' practice reports in the second half of last season. However, the 33-year-old has played 16 games in back-to-back seasons, and he could reclaim his past status as a top-five fantasy kicker if the Cowboys offense picks up where it left off before Dak Prescott (leg) suffered a season-ending injury last year. Zuerlein is the only kicker on the Cowboys' roster, so they'll need to sign someone else for training camp -- or use backup punter Hunter Niswander as a temporary kicker -- if Greg the Leg isn't ready to practice within the next few days.

Jul 22, 2021 10:06 AM EST



Bounces back with Dallas

Zuerlein connected on 34 of 41 field-goal attempts and 33 of 36 extra points over 16 games for the Cowboys in 2020.

Analysis: In his first season for a team other than the Rams, the veteran kicker rebounded from a rough 2019, setting a new career high with 41 FG attempts while converting them at better than 80 percent for the fourth time in the last five years. Zuerlein has two more seasons left on the contract he signed last offseason, and he's given Dallas little reason to go looking for a replacement.

Jan 9, 2021 10:33 AM EST


Perfect afternoon in big win

Zuerlein connected on all three of his field-goal attempts and all four of his extra points in Sunday's win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The veteran kicker has delivered double-digit points in three straight games, something he'd done only three times in his first 11 games as a Cowboy. Zuerlein will try to stay locked in and help kick Dallas to a possible division title in Week 17 against the Giants.

Dec 28, 2020 2:04 PM EST


Big day in wild win

Zuerlein converted two of his three field-goal attempts and all five of his extra points in Sunday's 41-33 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: His 60-yard attempt at the end of the first half drifted wide right, but otherwise Zuerlein took full advantage of his largest volume of the season, as the Cowboys scored 40 or more points for the first time since Dak Prescott (ankle) got hurt. The veteran kicker has seen at least three FG attempts in four straight games and six of the last seven, giving him significant upside in Week 16's clash with the Eagles.

Dec 21, 2020 11:51 AM EST



Perfect day against Cincy

Zuerlein converted all three of his field-goal attempts and all three of his extra points in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Three early Cincy fumbles gave the Cowboys plenty of extra possessions, and after a rough night in Baltimore last week, Zuerlein didn't waste any of his opportunities this time around. He's kicked at least three FGs in four of the last six games, and he could be busy again in Week 15's clash with the 49ers.

Dec 14, 2020 9:58 AM EST


Awful night in Baltimore

Zuerlein missed three of his four field-goal attempts and connected on both his extra points in Tuesday's loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: The nine points he left on the table didn't ultimately matter in a 34-17 defeat, but it was still a dreadful performance from the veteran kicker. Zuerlein missed from 40, 53 and 52 yards on three straight attempts, but it may have just been one of those nights in Baltimore, as even the normally ultra-reliable Justin Tucker missed a 36-yarder. The Dallas offense has been handing him plenty of opportunities lately -- Zuerlein's attempted at least three FGs in four of the last five games -- but his inability to convert consistently puts his fantasy utility on shaky ground.

Dec 9, 2020 12:41 PM EST


Perfect in Thanksgiving loss

Zuerlein connected on all three of his field-goal attempts and his only PAT in Thursday's loss to Washington.

Analysis: The Cowboys' offense stalled repeatedly in the red zone thanks in large part to Washington's pass rush, and Zuerlein's longest field goal of the afternoon went for only 33 yards. The team's Week 13 matchup could feature more of the same on the road against the Ravens, potentially making the veteran kicker a solid fantasy option even if Dallas struggles as a whole.

Nov 27, 2020 7:46 AM EST


Active Thursday

Zuerlein (back) is active for Thursday's game against Washington.

Analysis: Zuerlein was limited in practice Monday through Wednesday, but a cloud remained over his head in advance of this contest. No matter, he's suiting up versus the Football Team's ninth-ranked scoring defense (22.7 points per game).

Nov 26, 2020 12:13 PM EST


Questionable for Thursday

Zuerlein (back) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's game against Washington, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Zuerlein put together a trio of limited practices on a short week, and coach Mike McCarthy has said that he doesn't expect the kicker to miss Thursday's game. The Cowboys also still haven't made a move to sign another kicker to the practice squad for emergency depth, which appears to reinforce the notion that Zuerlein is on track for Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 25, 2020 11:32 AM EST


Listed as limited in practice

The Cowboys listed Zuerlein (back) as a limited practice participant on Tuesday's estimated report, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Zuerlein has now been listed as limited on both of the Cowboys' first two Week 12 injury reports, but coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he doesn't think the kicker is in any real danger of missing the team's Thanksgiving Day matchup with Washington, according to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. Dallas will unveil its final injury report of the week Wednesday, at which point it will be known whether Zuerlein carries a designation into the contest.

Nov 24, 2020 1:28 PM EST


Likely to play Thursday

Coach Mike McCarthy believes Zuerlein (back) will be available Thursday against Washington, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. "He looks to be OK. He was here today," McCarthy said Monday. "I don't see him being in jeopardy of (not) playing on Thursday."

Analysis: Zuerlein tweaked his back during this past Sunday's win at Minnesota at the end of a kickoff. The injury caused the kicker to be listed as limited on Monday's estimated practice report, putting him on track to uphold McCarthy's prediction. Zuerlein will have two more chances to prove his health before the Cowboys either clear him or give him a designation for Week 12.

Nov 23, 2020 3:37 PM EST


Battling back injury

Zuerlein (back) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: At this time, there's no real concern about Zuerlein's availability for Thursday's game against Washington. The Cowboys don't have a backup kicker on the active roster or the practice squad, so punter Hunter Niswander likely would take over the starting duties if Zuerlein did sit out.

Nov 23, 2020 1:32 PM EST


Few opportunities in win

Zuerlein connected on a 19-yard field goal and converted two of three extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over the Vikings.

Analysis: His PAT on the first of four Dallas touchdowns on the day was blocked, which eventually cost Zuerlein two points as the Cowboys then went for a two-point conversion later in the game to make up for it. The veteran kicker has now missed three of 21 FG attempts and three of 20 extra points, and with the team's offense being just as erratic, Zuerlein remains a risky fantasy option heading into a Week 12 clash with Washington.

Nov 23, 2020 11:47 AM EST


Knocks home five kicks

Zuerlein made all four field goals and his lone extra-point attempt in Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Zuerlein drilled field goals from 38, 39, 44 and 45 yards to put together a solid day for fantasy managers and keep Dallas in an unexpectedly close game. After connecting on just seven field goals through the first six games, the veteran kicker has added seven more over the past two weeks. The Cowboys will enjoy a Week 10 bye, and Zuerlein could have a decent opportunity in Week 11 against a pitiful Vikings defense.

Nov 10, 2020 12:42 PM EST


Shows off leg strength Sunday

Zuerlein connected on three of four field goal attempts in Sunday's 23-9 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: At the end of the first half, the veteran kicker reminded everyone why he was given the nickname Greg "the Leg", drilling a low, line-drive kick that cut through the wind at Lincoln Financial Field and cleared the uprights with room to spare for a 59-yard field goal. It's the first time since Week 3 that Zuerlein has booted multiple field goals in a game, but the Cowboys' sputtering offense may not provide him with many opportunities next week against the Steelers, even if Andy Dalton (concussion) is back under center.

Nov 2, 2020 9:29 AM EST


Supplies only Dallas offense Sunday

Zuerlein converted his only field-goal attempt in Sunday's 25-3 loss to Washington.

Analysis: The Dallas offense could get absolutely nothing going behind an injury-ravaged offensive line, especially after rookie seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci was forced into action for Andy Dalton (concussion). The outlook for the entire unit is bleak heading into Week 8's road clash with the Eagles, and Zuerlein -- who hasn't kicked multiple field goals since Week 3 -- seems likely to get limited opportunities once again.

Oct 26, 2020 9:52 AM EST


50% on field goals Monday

Zuerlein went 1-for-2 on field goals and converted one extra point Monday against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Zuerlein was able to knock through a 34-yard field-goal attempt but was wide right on a 58-yard attempt later in the contest. The veteran is now 9-for-11 on field-goal attempts this season, with both misses coming on kicks over 50 yards.

Oct 20, 2020 8:32 PM EST


Boots another game-winner

Zuerlein was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals and 4-for-4 on PATs in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: With the Cowboys down 34-31, Zuerlein came through with FGs of 40 yards and 34 yards inside the final two minutes to secure the victory -- the second time this season he's kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. The Dallas offense as a whole will likely take a step backwards with Andy Dalton replacing Dak Prescott (ankle) under center, but a less efficient aerial attack could mean more field-goal opportunities for Zuerlein.

Oct 12, 2020 8:19 AM EST


Little work in loss

Zuerlein didn't attempt a field goal and connected on both his extra points in Sunday's 49-38 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: The kicker's lack of activity seems baffling given the final score, but with the Cowboys staring at a 41-14 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, they were forced to go for two-point conversions during their comeback attempt and leave Zuerlein cooling his heels on the sideline. He should get more opportunities in Week 5 against the Giants.

Oct 5, 2020 9:56 AM EST


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