PHILADELPHIA -- Not only did Luis Zendejas solidify his postion as the Philadelphia Eagles' kicker with his performance in a 32-23 victory over Houston, he also cleared the way for the team to release Dean Dorsey.
Dorsey, who received a hefty $60,000 bonus when he was signed out of the Canadian Football League earlier this year, struggled in the NFL, making only 4-of-7 field goal tries in his first three games with Philadelphia before he was released Monday.
Dorsey's problems forced the Eagles to try Dale Dawson, who missed a 22-yarder in a 23-21 loss to Minnesota and was waived, and Philadelphia then turned to Zendejas, who was signed last week and made field goals of 22, 39 and 41 yards in Sunday's game against Houston.
'I thought he kicked really well,' Philadelphia Coach Buddy Ryan said Monday. 'We don't need to carry two kickers.'
Zendejas, who was cut earlier this season by the Dallas Cowboys, said he offered Dorsey some encouragement when he was let go.
'I feel for him,' Zendejas said. 'He came here and things didn't go his way. But I told him he can't say he's not a good kicker. He's just got to go somewhere else and make the best of the situation.'
Dorsey was an excellent kicker in the Canadian Football League, converting 135 of 172 field goal attempts in four seasons with Ottawa.
But both he and Dawson failed to satisfy Ryan, who replaced incumbent Paul McFadden after two poor seasons.
'If you're looking for production, you'd have to say it was a mistake to let Dorsey kick for three weeks,' Ryan said. 'But it could have been a mistake to let the other kid kick last week. You have to go by what you see in practice.'
Zendejas wowed the Eagles both in practice, where his booming kickoffs brought applause from his teammates, and in the game.
'As a kicker, they put you in a position where you either perform or you don't,' he said. 'The main thing is to go out and perform. I won't give them a reason to get rid of me.'
The Eagles Monday also placed wide receiver Mike Quick, who suffered a broken fibula in his left leg while making a catch on Sunday, on the injured list.
Ryan said he hopes to re-sign receivers Ron Johnson, waived by the team after training camp, and Kenny Jackson, who announced his retirement last April.
Jackson, the Eagles No. 1 draft choice out of Penn State in 1984, had 117 catches for 2,067 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career.
Johnson caught 22 passes for 393 yards and one TD in his three years with the Eagles.
'I think Ron Johnson will be ready (to play this week),' Ryan said. 'If Kenny gets signed, we'll get a couple week's grace on him.'
In the absence of Quick, who was named to the Pro Bowl after each of the last five seasons, Cris Carter and Gregg Garrity figure to do the bulk of the Eagles' receiving.
'You don't replace an All-Pro like Mike Quick but other people can pick up the slack,' Ryan said.