FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) The Dallas Cowboys have added kicker Lirim Hajrullahu, who is in line to make his NFL debut if Greg Zuerlein does not clear the COVID-19 records before Sunday’s game against Atlanta.
Hajrullahu trained Wednesday, Nov. 10, with former Dallas kicker Brett Maher.
Hajrullahu kicked for Winnipeg, Toronto and Hamilton in the CFL from 2014-19, making 83% of his field-goal attempts.
The 31-year-old native of Europe was with the Cowboys late in training camp while Zuerlein was recovering from back surgery.
When Zuerlein’s health was in doubt early in the season, Hajrullahu was briefly on the training team.
Coach Mike McCarthy said he hoped Zuerlein would be available against the Falcons, but acknowledged it was a long shot. Zuerlein was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Zuerlein has had trouble with precision this season, scoring 14 of 18 on field goals with two missed extra points. “Greg the Leg” is 1 of 3 from at least 50 yards this season.
Hajrullahu matched his career high of 47 field goals in his most recent CFL season with Hamilton in 2019, where he also had a career-long kick of 56 yards.
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