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August 07, 2012

Bernadeau cleared to put on pads, could wind up in mix for Oakland game

Mackenzy Bernadeau, the Dallas Cowboys’ projected starter at right guard, took part in this morning’s walkthrough and has been cleared medically to take part in this afternoon’s padded workout.

It will mark the first time for Bernadeau, who has battled hip and knee ailments, to work in pads since he joined the team as a free agent in March. Coach Jason Garrett left open the possibility that Bernadeau, who also doubles as a backup center, could take part in the team’s pre-season opener Aug. 13 at Oakland. But a more realistic timetable may be Aug. 18 against San Diego.

Bernadeau said he was excited to “put some pads on and see what I can do” now that he’s been cleared by the medical staff. For now, he is focused on playing guard although he also worked at center _ where the Cowboys lack depth _ during the past four seasons with Carolina.

“It felt good to be with my teammates, get some plays down,” Bernadeau said. “They’re monitoring everything I do, so there are no setbacks. Right now, I’m focusing on playing guard … and getting healthy.”

_ Jimmy Burch


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