Just moments ago, Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett announced that starting kicker Dan Bailey will miss Thursday's practice after being limited Wednesday. The typically automatic Bailey missed his first attempt from 47 yards out on Dallas' opening drive in San Francisco, as it was reported moments before kickoff that he was suffering from tightness in his back.
Now preparing for a week 5 home game against the Bengals, the Cowboys will work out three kickers in Robbie Gould, Kai Forbath, and Aldrick Rosas.
Cowboys will work out free agent Ks Robbie Gould and Kai Forbath, sources say. Dan Bailey (back) isn't feeling great.
In addition to Robbie Gould, Kai Forbath, Cowboys will also work out Aldrick Rosas.
These two kickers are certainly better than (sorry, Cowboys Nation loyalists) Jeff Heath - the safety and core special teams player that was announced as the backup emergency kicker earlier in the week on Wednesday.
Gould was surprisingly cut by the Bears prior to the start of this season, ending an eleven year kicking career in Chicago. During that time, Gould converted 85.4% of his kicks.
Forbath has experience in the NFC East, having kicked for the Washington Redskins from 2012 until 2015. Just one game into that 2015 season though, Forbath was cut and signed by the New Orleans Saints, where he finished the season and signed an extension for 2016.
Kai Forbath 2015 Stats 0 0-19 yard attempts 2/3 on 20-29 yards 3/4 on 30-39 yards 3/5 on 40-49 yards 2/3 on 50+ yards 10/15 all FGs 34/35 XP
Shortly after, the Saints found undrafted kicker Will Lutz, and moved on from Forbath - putting him on the streets for the Dallas Cowboys to potentially bring in on Sunday.
Lastly, Dallas will get a look at Aldrick Rosas, who is a rookie out of Southern Oregon who spent the preseason with the Tennessee Titans.
The Cowboys will need touchdowns to win on Sunday. Let's score touchdowns. Somebody, maybe Dan Bailey still, will kick the extra points, and it will all be awesome.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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