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Big Week For McBriar, Punt Coverage Team

IRVING, Texas --Mat McBriar says his left (plant) foot is feeling as good as it has since a nerve condition began causing severe pain and numbness in it several weeks ago.

"The foot is what it is," McBriar said Monday. "I'm not having any more pain. . . . "The kicking is not upsetting it at all, which is great because that was a big concern initially."

That's good, because Sunday the Pro Bowl punter and the Cowboys' coverage team faces its biggest challenge of the season: Cardinals rookie Patrick Peterson, who has tied an NFL record with four returns for touchdowns.

"This guy's got speed, he's got quickness, he's explosive, he can stop on a dime, he can outrun you," head coach Jason Garrett said. "But it's also understanding how to play your position. In this case, as a returner, he certainly catches the ball very well. He has great vision once he has the balls in his hands."

McBriar said he also took some holding reps Monday, another sign that his foot is feeling better. For now, quarterback Tony Romo remains the holder for kicker Dan Bailey.

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