DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN/AP) – Forced into emergency kicking duties after Dan Bailey went down with a right groin injury in the second half, Cowboys safety Jeff Heath made two of three extra points in the Cowboys’ 40-10 victory over the 49ers on Sunday.
It was a historic performance for Heath, who hadn’t kicked in a game since high school. He became the first non-kicker or punter to make multiple extra points in a game since former Houston linebacker and current Packers GM Ted Thompson made four in 1980.
Heath had to make his from the more difficult distance of 33 yards — 13 yards longer than PATs were back then.
“Jeff Heath stepped in there and did a really nice job for us,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said following the win.
On Monday, Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones said the team would bring in kickers this week for tryouts because Bailey won’t be ready to kick against Washington on Sunday.
“We’re looking at a few guys. It’s probably not going to be Dan Bailey, unfortunately,” Jones told the G-BAG Nation on 105.3 The Fan.
The significance of Bailey’s groin injury is unknown at this time, however, Jones says his absence “could be more than a week at a time” type injury.
“(It’s a) 99 percent chance that we’ll be signing a kicker here this week, we just don’t know who yet,” Jones added.
Later Monday, Garrett told media members they anticipate him being out at least a couple weeks.
Garrett says the Cowboys hope to sign a kicker following the tryouts on Tuesday.