Hot Routes: Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey has a hard time ranking his top kicks

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Dan Bailey has a hard time ranking his top kicks.

“I have five favorites; I don’t know which one is at the top, though,” he said.

Maybe because he has hit too many big kicks. In only his third season, Bailey already has tied Rafael Septien for the most game-winning kicks in team history with seven.

1 Cowboys at San Francisco, 2011: In only his second pro game, Bailey kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired in regulation. It sent the game into overtime, where he won it with a 19-yarder. “The game-tying field goal was the better of the two,” Bailey. “That was one of my favorites.”

2 Cowboys vs. Miami, 2011: Bailey hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cowboys a 20-19 victory.

3 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M, 2010: Bailey connected on a 40-yard try as time expired to give the Cowboys a 38-35 victory over the Aggies. “That one’s up there,” Bailey said.

4 Cowboys at Cincinnati, 2012: Bailey was true on a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cowboys a 20-19 win. “Just because my wife’s from Cincinnati, so it’s kind of good to do that,” Bailey said.

5 Cowboys at Washington, 2011: Bailey hit a 39-yarder in overtime for a 27-24 victory over the Redskins. “That was nice,” he said.

88 interviews

Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin stopped by training camp Wednesday on assignment with the NFL Network. He interviewed the top two names on the team — Tony Romo and Dez Bryant — with a big crowd around them, Irvin’s kind of scene. He told Bryant his first thought when he heard the Cowboys wanted to run it more: “I wanted to upchuck.”

Carr wins

The Cowboys put themselves in a game situation in practice, down 23-21, starting at midfield, 30 seconds to go. A deep in route to Terrance Williams got the ball to the 27. Bill Callahan called timeout, and after an incompletion, the Cowboys went deep. Tony Romo went to Dez Bryant on the sideline, but Brandon Carr had inside position and boxed out for an interception as they fell together. Defense wins.

Good timing

New defensive end George Selvie caught a 6 a.m. flight, drove the two hours from Los Angeles to Oxnard, signed his contract and got to camp in time to watch a little film and then go to practice. He didn’t do too badly, he thought. “I think I made some plays,” he said. Can’t fault his timing. The next day was a scheduled day off.

Jerry Jones honor

The National Football Foundation announced it’s putting Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in its Leadership Hall of Fame as a charter inductee. It happens in October at the Omni Dallas. “Jerry Jones has established himself as one of our nation’s top businessmen with a desire to win that is eclipsed by no one,” NFF chairman Archie Manning said in a news release.

They said it

“I had to try and block DeMarcus Ware the other day. I didn’t get to go up against him in OTAs. So that was kind of a ‘welcome-to-the-NFL’ moment. I did all right the first time, I think. There was one time when he got me. He got me real good.” — Rookie tight end Gavin Escobar on his “welcome-to-the-NFL” moment

Injury report

OT Demetress Bell, conditioning, day-to-day

OG Mackenzy Bernadeau, hamstring, day-to-day

WR Danny Coale, knee, day-to-day

DE Tyrone Crawford, Achilles, out for season

DT Ike Igbinosun, foot, undetermined

LS L.P. Ladouceur, calf, day-to-day

OG Ron Leary, calf, day-to-day

OG Nate Livings, foot, day-to-day

OT Jermey Parnell, hamstring, day-to-day

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, day-to-day

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-4 weeks

TE James Hanna, hamstring, day-to-day

Numbers game

2,313 Attendance on Wednesday, bringing the camp total to 13,230

27 Credentials issued on Wednesday, bringing the camp total to 218

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