Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey had to leave Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a groin injury and he will not return.
With Bailey out, the Cowboys have turned to safety Jeff Heath as their new kicker. Thus far, Heath has kicked off following a score and almost put it all the way into the end zone, so he has a leg.
He also apparently once kicked a 49-yard field goal to win a playoff game in high school, according to Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated and Monday Morning Quarterback.
Traditionally punters are used as emergency kickers in the event of an injury, but Cowboys punter Chris Jones has never attempted any sort of placekicking activity in any games during his seven-year career. So it appears Heath will handle those duties, although Heath was also banged up during the game though he appears to be fine after having his left (non-kicking) ankle retaped.
The Cowboys attempted a two-point conversion instead of allowing Heath to kick after their third touchdown of the day. However, with a comfortable 20-3 lead over the 49ers in the second quarter, it’ll be interesting to see if they decide to give him a chance should the opportunity arise later in the game.
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