FRISCO, Texas ( Associated Press) — The Dallas Cowboys signed kicker Tristan Vizcaino Wednesday as a member of the practice squad, a potential backup in case Brett Maher’s wild-card debacle spreads in workouts this week.
Maher missed four extra points in a 31–14 victory over Tampa Bay. This is the first time this has happened in the NFL, looking at the regular season and playoffs.
He converted the fifth extra point to end a streak of five straight misses going into the final game of the season against Washington.
Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones, coach Mike McCarthy and special teams coordinator John Fussell backed Maher all week, with him expected to play Sunday in the divisional game at San Francisco.
Jones was not as decisive on his radio show Tuesday. He said that the team will analyze how the week goes. If Maher’s problems in training continue, a decision can be taken to hand over the responsibility to Vizcaino.
The only full practice of the week will be Thursday, but Fassel said there will be no adjustments to Maher’s routine. Faisal explained that Maher kicks off on Thursdays and Fridays during a normal week.
Vizcaino, who spent part of the 2020 season with Dallas, made two field goals and three extra points in Week 10 against Arizona. The 26-year-old kicker was then with New England, but did not attempt any kicks.
In 2021, Vizcaino managed only 10 of 15 extra points with the Los Angeles Chargers before being sent to the practice squad for the rest of the season.
Maher was in the top 10 in the league in field goal percentage during the regular season, making 29 of 32 (91%). In addition, he made a good 50 of 53 extra points, leading to the playoffs.