The Dallas Cowboys still have no idea if kicker Dan Bailey will be available for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati with a sore back. He has not practiced this week.
But the team is not taking any chances and will bring in three kickers for tryouts Friday just in case they need one for Sunday’s game at AT&T Stadium. The kickers are Kai Forbath, Robbie Gould and Aldrick Rosas.
Safety Jeff Heath has been kicking in practice and is the emergency kicker on game day, but coach Jason Garrett acknowledged the team does not want to chance a potential game-winning extra point, let alone a field goal to someone who has not kicked since high school.
The Cowboys have an open roster, but the situation with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence could force to the team to make a cut to add a kicker to the team.
Lawrence is eligible to play Sunday after missing the first four games in the reserve/suspended list. But he has been limited in practice with a back injury. If he is unable to play, the Cowboys will keep him on the list and use the open roster spot for a kicker. If they do decide to use Lawrence against the Bengals, then the Cowboys will have to make a roster cut to add a kicker.
A final decision doesn’t have to be made until Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Cowboys might have to go with two kickers on the roster, including Bailey.
Gould was with the Chicago Bears from 2005 to 2015 and is the team’s all-time leading scorer.
Forbath began his career with the Cowboys in 2011 and has played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints. His biggest success came in Washington from 2012-2015.
Rosas is a rookie who spent time in camp with the Tennessee Titans.