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Injured Bailey out for a few weeks, Cowboys searching for another kicker

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The Dallas Cowboys took care of business Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium. The no-frills 40-10 victory featured standout performances across the board.
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The Dallas Cowboys took care of business Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium. The no-frills 40-10 victory featured standout performances across the board.

Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey is expected to be out a few weeks with the groin injury that sidelined him in the second quarter of Sunday's 40-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.

Safety Jeff Heath filled in admirably as the emergency kicker, making two of three extra points.

But the Cowboys are now on the hunt for a proven kicker to fill the void while Bailey is sidelined.

“We're looking at a few guys. It's probably not going to be Dan Bailey unfortunately. But we are going to have to look at signing a kicker because this could be more than a week at a time. So, we'll have to look at the guys that we obviously think will do the best job for us,” Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said. “You've got to applaud Jeff Heath for his efforts yesterday that a safety could come in like that and make some extra points and have a few nice kickoffs. Certainly nice to have him on the roster. But we will, probably 99 percent chance, be signing a kicker this week. We just don't know who yet."

The Cowboys are bringing in Sam Irwin Hill, Mike Nugent and Jason Myers for tryouts. The list is not final, according to a source. Irwin Hill, a rookie from Arkansas, was with the Cowboys during training camp and the preseason before being released on Sept. 2.

Heath represents a rare combination of being a position player who is an emergency kicker.

“You're exactly right. That's rare. Most of the time it's the punter who is the backup kicker. But in this case, we're fortunate that Jeff feels pretty good about his kicking ability,” Jones said. “Coach Rich Bisaccia really likes him. And he's able to go in there and do some solid work for us if something does happen to our kicker. At the same time, leave the rest of the guys doing what they do in particular letting [Chris] Jones do the holding, which is certainly something that he's really good at. And you like to change as few parts as possible when you have an injury."

Any replacement will be hard-pressed to live up to Bailey's standards. He is the most accurate kicker in NFL history.

Against the 49ers, Bailey made two extra points before being injured. That gave him 800 career points, which ranks third all-time in team history. He is only the third Cowboy, and second kicker, to reach 800 career points.

Still, the Cowboys need someone who can make field goals in what could be a close game against the Washington Redskins Sunday and going forward with Kansas City on Nov. 5 and at Atlanta on Nov. 12.

A giant American flag shaped like the United States will be unveiled before Sunday's game betwee the Cowboys and 49ers at Levi's Stadium.

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