The Cowboys are focused on their rookies this weekend, but they have a nagging issue with a veteran that needs some attention as well.
Guard Mackenzy Bernadeau has been unable to fully participate in the team’s workouts because of a hip injury. According to a report on the team’s website, Bernadeau’s status for organized team activities later this month and the June mandatory minicamp is in doubt because of the injury. The team doesn’t seem overly concerned although there’s also no certainty about when Bernadeau might be ready to go full speed.
“He’s been working well,” offensive line coach Bill Callahan said. “Unfortunately he is on the shelf a little bit, he’s been hurt somewhat, and he’s been out. But he’s getting himself rehabbed. He’s going to be prepared, I think, to go into OTAs. We’ll have to follow that closely.”
The Cowboys are banking on Bernadeau as their right guard this season after giving him a four-year, $11 million contract this offseason. They didn’t draft any guards, so if Bernadeau can’t go they will likely have to turn back to Bill Nagy. Nagy wasn’t particularly impressive before a season-ending injury early last season and the Cowboys’ offense struggled greatly thanks to poor play in the interior of the offensive line.