Cowboys make commitment to Buehler

Updated: June 22, 2010, 2:26 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins |

The Dallas Cowboys made a strong commitment to field goal kicker David Buehler on Tuesday when they released Connor Hughes -- his closest competitor at the position.

The Cowboys released five players Tuesday, including cornerback Marquis Floyd, wide receiver Rashaun Greer, guard Chet Teofilo, tight end Nick Tow-Arnett and Hughes.

There are currently 81 players on the roster, and the Cowboys must get down to 80 before training camp begins July 24 in San Antonio.

Buehler had worked out with Hughes on field goals during offseason workouts, but team officials said it was Buehler's job to lose.

With Hughes getting released, it could mean Buehler won't have any competition in training camp. Last season, the Cowboys missed a NFL-high 11 field goal attempts with Nick Folk (10 misses) and Shaun Suisham (one).

Buehler was drafted in 2009 as a kickoff specialist/special teams coverage guy. As a rookie, he led the NFL with a team-record 29 touchbacks, which tied for the 11th most in league history in a single season.

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