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Bailey finished an injury-plagued regular season having connected on only 75 percent (15-for-20) of his field-goal attempts while missing the first two extra points of his NFL career.
All seven of those misses came in the final four games of the season, and it's fair to wonder whether Bailey rushed back too soon from a groin injury that kept him out of action from Weeks 8-11. The normally reliable kicker will get the whole offseason to heal and correct any bad habits that crept into his technique down the stretch, and he should be back to his usual self in 2018.
Bailey made field goals from 34, 51, 51, and 39 yards, but missed from 34 and 48 yards in Sunday's 21-12 loss to the Seahawks.
Bailey scored all of the Cowboys' points, including a couple 50-yarders, but his two misses proved costly as Dallas was eliminated from playoff contention. The usually flawless kicker has clearly been off since returning from his groin injury, and is probably looking forward to getting fully healthy again following this Sunday's game in Philadelphia.
Bailey made field goals from 45 and 19 yards while also converting both his extra-point attempts in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Raiders.
Bailey's 19-yarder with under two minutes remaining ultimately won the Cowboys their eighth game of the season. After a stunning three misses in Week 14, Bailey was back to his usual, reliable self Sunday.
Perhaps as a way to excuse Bailey's two misses from 50-plus yards Sunday against the Giants, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones noted Tuesday that a hamstring issue was afflicting the kicker. By avoiding the injury report entirely Wednesday, Bailey erased any doubt about his ability to play Week 15 at Oakland, who has given up the second-most points to kickers this season.
Owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Bailey is tending to a hamstring injury at the moment, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
A groin concern forced Bailey to the sideline for four games earlier this season. In three outings since he returned, he hasn't had much problem with extra points, connecting on eight of nine, but field goals have been a different story. While he's made both kicks from less than 30 yards, he missed a pair from 50-plus yards Sunday against the Giants. The ailment may force the Cowboys to be more aggressive in enemy territory, perhaps whittling down the number of potential attempts from distance.
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