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Dan Bailey gets second chance at 52-yarder and nails it

Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) appears ready for the regular season after making a 52-yard FG Thursday.
Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) appears ready for the regular season after making a 52-yard FG Thursday. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Kicker Dan Bailey is in regular-season form.

After missing a 52-yard field goal last week against Seattle, Bailey was true from the same distance Thursday against the Texans. Bailey’s effort came on the final play of the first half.

“Anytime in preseason you can get some attempts, especially some longer ones, it kind of helps you get in a little bit of a groove and get comfortable with the operation,” Bailey said. “ … The more attempts you can get the better.”

Bailey is 21-of-29 in his career from 50 yards, including 5-of-6 last season. The Pro Bowler made a 51-yarder against the Dolphins in the second preseason game but was wide left last week from 52.

“Yeah, it was literally the exact same kick [as last week],” Bailey said. “It felt good. You always want to have a kick back when you miss it, so to go back out there and be on the same hash, same distance was nice to knock it through.”

Bailey, the NFL’s all-time most accurate kicker, was the only kicker in training camp. He has not battled for a job since his first season when the Cowboys kept two kickers, using David Buehler as a kickoff specialist.

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