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Cowboys Sign CFL Veteran K Lirim Hajrullahu

With their starting on the PUP list and the backup now dealing with a medical issue, the Cowboys are bringing in 31-year old to help get them through the . Though he's never played in an NFL game, Hajrullahu was a standout kicker and from 2014-2019 in the Canadian Football League.

has yet to participate in camp or preseason action due to back issues. However, Dallas expects to have Zuerlein ready for Week One. According to, Zuerlein and veteran Bryan Anger should handle kicking and punting duties when they meet the .

With Zuerlein out, Hunter Niswander has been handling the kicking duties in a temporary role. Niswander was the Cowboys' punter in 2020 and was more than adequate, but it appears Anger has taken that job over for this season.

But with Niswander now reportedly limited due to , Dallas is giving Lirim Hajrullahu a chance to show his stuff.

Despite failed attempts the last two years to catch on with the Rams and Panthers, Hajrullahu's strong CFL career and versatility have kept him on 's radar. It's probably no coincidence that Lirim's first stop in the NFL was in Los Angeles; Fassel's NFL home from 2012-2019 as Coordinator.

Hajrullahu has a career accuracy of 83.3% on his field goals in the CFL with a long of 56 yards. He won multiple awards during his Canadian career and helped the Toronto Argonauts take the Grey Cup in 2017 with a game-winning field goal.

The Cowboys will need to make a roster move somewhere to make room for Hajrullahu. They could be waiving Hunter Niswander given the circumstances or releasing a player from another position. There are also some injured players that could be moved to IR such as TE , OT , or LB .

While adding Lirim is reportedly just a short-term move for the preseason, who knows what Dallas' needs may be come Week One? Greg Zuerlein turns 34 in December and back issues are hard to predict.

Even if his time with the Cowboys could be short, Hajrullahu will hopefully put enough good work in to attract interest elsewhere in the NFL.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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