Guard Mackenzy Bernadeau’s first season with the Cowboys got off to a rough start thanks to a hip injury that required surgery and caused him to miss the team’s offseason activities.
His second year isn’t getting off to a much better one. David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports that Bernadeau has undergone surgery on his right shoulder. The team is “optimistic” that Bernadeau, who also had knee surgery before the start of training camp last summer, won’t miss as much time this time around.
Owner Jerry Jones expressed disappointment recently in Bernadeau’s first year as a member of the Cowboys. He and Nate Livings were signed to upgrade things at guard, but the Cowboys’ line play didn’t improve as much as Jones hoped.
“Bernadeau’s athletic ability last year didn’t show like we thought. Given a little better health in the offseason, we ought to see some of his athletic ability,” Jones said. “It didn’t show at all.”
A totally healthy offseason obviously isn’t in the cards, but Bernadeau can still qualify as having better health as long as he avoids a second surgery this time around.