Dan Bailey ready for full-time duty

November, 11, 2011
11/11/11
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IRVING, Texas -- With David Buehler on injured reserve with a groin injury, Dan Bailey will return to kickoff duty on Sunday against Buffalo.

“I’ve still been doing them but not hitting them as much,” Bailey said. “I’ve been keeping ready to go because of his status has been a little uncertain for a little bit. It doesn’t change much. Luckily I’ve had a little experience doing it before. I don’t think it’ll be a problem.”

Bailey handled all of the kicking duties when Buehler missed four weeks earlier this season because of a groin injury. On 24 kickoffs he had six touchbacks and the opponents’ averaging starting point was the 22.3. Buehler had nine touchbacks in 18 kickoffs and the opponents started on overage at the 20.4.

Bailey, who has made 19 straight field goal attempts, is likely to continue with Tony Romo as his holder even if Mat McBriar returns from a nerve problem affecting his left foot. The stance McBriar has to assume in holds affects his leg injury.

“I’m not too picky,” Bailey said of how he likes the ball tilted on field goal tries. “The only thing that really matters is if the laces are straight at me. As long as it’s down, I’ll kick it.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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