The training camp battle for the Dallas Cowboys' starting left guard job can begin in earnest now, as Ronald Leary came off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Thursday.
Leary started all 16 games at left guard a year ago, but with the selection of right guard Zack Martin in the first round of the draft in May, the team moved Mackenzy Bernadeau--the starter at right guard in 2013--to the left, where he’ll fight for the job with his friend Leary.
“Ron’s played a lot of football for us,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “He’s still a young player who’s played a lot of snaps, so it’s disappointing that he hasn’t been able to get them this first week of camp, but he’ll be back out there. There’s a lot of football to be played before this preseason game and really throughout this preseason, so there’s plenty of opportunity for him to show up in this competition.”
Leary was placed on the PUP list at the beginning of training camp, having strained a hamstring during the conditioning test at Valley Ranch.
“I don’t feel like I fell behind any,” Leary said. “I’ve been getting all the mental reps. This has just given me more time to focus on the playbook, to get all the fine details down with that. You want to be on the field, but it won’t take long to get that back.”
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