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October 12, 2012

Dockery might get look at guard in place of struggling Bernadeau

With right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau struggling, the Cowboys may turn to veteran backup Derrick Dockery in Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

Dockery has been alternating first-team reps in practice with Bernadeau.

“I have been in there a little,” Dockery said. “I don’t know what it means. I think they are getting me ready for emergency situations.”

The emergency is that Bernadeau has not lived up to expectations since signing a four-year, $11 million deal with the Cowboys as a free agent last spring. He missed the offseason and much of training camp with hip and knee injuries.

His play has been admittedly subpar though the first four games. He has one penalty and has allowed two sacks, according to STATS.

Bernadeau, however, said is focused on getting better to help the team, rather than feeling the pressure of getting replaced.

“I feel like I’ve got to compete and do what I’ve got to do,” Bernadeau said. “If I do what I’ve got to do, there’s nothing else to worry about. Unfortunately, I’ve been doing my job, just not to the best of my ability. So I’ve got to get on my track to be the best that I can be and help my team be better.”

-- Clarence Hill

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