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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

With all the excitement of the finally playing in a game last week against the , it may have escaped your attention that remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined and on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the with a groin and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and , who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys when the gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey
Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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well the good news is, brett maher looked pretty good as a kicker.

hope DB is ok and come regain his form.


Ive come to the realization that preseason freak injuries are getting out of hand. Last thing we need is a Corner on a blitz who is days from being Cut coming around and landing on Bailey


Just paranoia.

This is actually the norm. Look at the past 5 years or so. They keep Bailey on a pitch (kick) count to keep his leg fresh.

I don’t remember the last preseason kickoff he’s taken. Let the camp leg get a tryout for other teams.

Bailey is fully healthy according to coach and player
BTW, Nick Folk got beat out by Bailey and had a very successful career after being cut for nearly a decade


I have to agree with Fighter15 on this one Brian…..

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