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November 11, 2011

Bailey says new role is no big deal

Rookie Dan Bailey has punted this year. He has made 19 field goals in a row and 20-of-21 for the season. He has kicked off and now will take on the kickoff role full time.

The Cowboys placed kickoff specialist David Buehler on injured reserve Thursday.

“It’s not really a big deal,” Bailey said. “It’s just something I have to do. I’ll do my best. Obviously, David has a big leg, so I’m not going go out there and try to over-kick and kick like he does. But I’m going to go out there and do my best, and hopefully it’s good enough.”

Bailey has six touchbacks in the four games he has kicked off. He has allowed 18 kickoffs to be run back for a 21.8 average with a long of 29.

“There’s always room for improvement,” Bailey said. “I’ve been working on it, trying to kick a little deeper ball. I know I can do it, because I’ve hit some that were real good and then I’ve hit some a little shorter and maybe not as great a hit. I can kind of put a lot more focus on that now that I know what the situation is.”

-- Charean Williams

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