Monday, December 21, 2009

Cowboys to look at Shaun Suisham

Todd Archer/Reporter

Two weeks ago Shaun Suisham lost his job in Washington because of a missed 23-yard field goal attempt against New Orleans. He might have a chance to replace Nick Folk, who missed a 24-yarder against the Saints on Saturday.

The only difference in the misses - the Redskins lost their game and the Cowboys won their's.

According to sources, Suisham is scheduled to workout as a potential replacement for Folk on Monday, and the team made more calls on other kickers, including Dave Rayner, on Sunday.
If Suisham were to join the Cowboys, he would face the Redskins at FedEx Field next Sunday in the first game of what would be his second time around with the Cowboys.

Suisham, who kicked in parts of the 2005-06 seasons with the Cowboys, made 18-of-21 field goal attempts this season. He is 85-of-107 for his career. In six games with the Cowboys, Suisham made four of six tries.

Two weeks before the miss against New Orleans, he failed to connect on tries from 39 and 50 yards against the Cowboys, allowing Dallas to come back for a 7-6 win.

Folk has missed a field goal attempt in the last six games and has made just 18 of 28 tries this season. He is 5-of-12 between 40-49 yards this season and his 24-yard miss Saturday was his first between 20-29 yards in 2009.

The Cowboys have stuck by Folk this year because of his first two seasons when he missed just seven attempts and made a Pro Bowl. He had major surgery on his hip last May, limiting his off-season work but he has said he is healthy. Two weeks ago the Cowboys made a change from Mat McBriar to Tony Romo at holder but Folk has missed two-of-four with Romo on the job.