Now that hip surgery will keep him out until at least training camp, Mackenky Bernadeau likely will concentrate on right guard. The free agent signee had been a candidate for the starting center job if one of the team’s young guards emerged.
“I think we would be less inclined to play him at a couple of different spots initially because he’s losing this off-season work,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “…We’re disappointed that he got banged up. He’s not going to be a part of this thing, but like with all our injured players, he has to stay close to it – be engaged in the meetings, be engaged in the practices and get as much information as he can – so when he comes back for the start of training camp, he’s ready to roll.”
Bernadeau, who signed a four-year, $11 million deal in March, is expected to miss 10-12 weeks after having surgery last week to repair a tear in his hip.
The Cowboys are hoping to provide Phil Costa with competition at center. Costa started every game there last season but struggled. Bill Nagy and Kevin Kowalski will get some work at the position.
"Obviously, we would rather him not be hurt," Garrett said. "But he did have that hip injury and had the surgery last week. He just has to be aggressive in his rehab and get back as quickly as he can. We have a number of other options in the offensive line, and we're excited to see those guys."
-- Charean Williams