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Cowboys’ Dan Bailey expected to return for Thanksgiving showdown with Chargers

Dan Bailey

The Dallas Cowboys have been without one of their most efficient offensive players with kicker Dan Bailey dealing with a groin injury. Bailey has been sidelined since suffering the injury back in October against the San Francisco 49ers, and now it appears he may be ready to make his return to the field for Dallas.

The 29-year-old kicker believes he’ll be ready for the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Bailey said the following about his status for Thursday, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.

“Hopefully I’ll be back out there,”‘ said Bailey, who has missed the last four games with a groin strain. “I mean, I had a good week in practice last week, obviously kicked before the game Sunday just to get the work in, so I’m feeling pretty good.”

Before going down with the groin strain, Bailey was perfect in his seventh season with the Cowboys. The one-time Pro Bowler was able to put the pigskin through the uprights on all seven field-goal attempts as well as all 16 extra-point attempts in the six games he played.

Mike Nugent has been shouldering the load for the Cowboys while Bailey has been out. Nugent missed only two field-goal attempts while replacing Bailey and will likely continue to be insurance for Dallas heading into Week 12’s matchup with the Chargers.

The Cowboys will need all the help they can get moving forward as they continue to see their playoff hopes dwindle following two straight losses. Although Philip Rivers and company have had their fair share of problems this season, Los Angeles is still in the running to compete for the AFC West division title and have won two games in a row coming into this Thanksgiving Day game.