IRVING, Texas (AP) - The first time Shaun Suisham (SWEEZ'-uhm) kicked for the Dallas Cowboys, he missed his only kick longer than 30 yards.
The second time Suisham kicked for the Cowboys, he missed one of two attempts longer than 30 yards.
Three years later, Dallas is giving Suisham another try.
The Cowboys signed the veteran kicker off the NFL's scrap heap to replace Nick Folk after the club finally ran out of patience waiting for the young ex-Pro Bowler to break out of a slump.
Suisham brings a lot more experience, having made 73 of 92 kicks for the Washington Redskins over the past three seasons, a respectable 79 percent. He also was having his best full season, making 18 of 21.
He became available only because those few misses cost Washington two victories in a season that's been short on success. His flubs from 39 and 50 yards really hurt in a 7-6 loss to the Cowboys, then he missed a 23-yarder that would've sealed a victory over New Orleans. The Redskins lost in overtime and Suisham was cut a few days later, on Dec. 8.
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