Dan Bailey appears ready if Cowboys need him Thursday

Dan Bailey appears ready to rejoin the Cowboys after recovering for the past four games. Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire

FRISCO, Texas -- If the Dallas Cowboys want him to kick Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers, Dan Bailey feels ready.

Bailey has missed the last four games with a groin injury with Mike Nugent taking his place and making seven of nine field-goal attempts and all eight point-after tries. Bailey was hurt during the Cowboys' Oct. 22 win at the San Francisco 49ers while warming up during a drive. In that game he was replaced by safety Jeff Heath.

"I had a good week of practice last week, obviously kicked before the [Philadelphia] game Sunday to get the work in, so feeling good," Bailey said. "It's just a matter of having those final discussions and kind of seeing where we're at."

The Cowboys could carry both kickers on the 46-man roster with Nugent handling kickoff duties, but Jason Garrett is not too keen on that idea.

"We would hope that [Bailey] would be able to handle kickoffs and do both," Garrett said.

Bailey said he followed a normal routine during the week to be ready but he did not do more kickoffs than normal. He said there is slightly more stress on the leg on kickoffs.

"But it's more similar than probably a lot of people think," Bailey said. "Yeah, you've got a longer run up but it's not really exerting that much more force. It's really just trying to get the ball up for hang time on kickoffs. I'm as comfortable with that as I am with field goals as well."