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Bernadeau Expected Back By Camp After Shoulder Surgery
PHOENIX – Mackenzy Bernadeau underwent surgery on his right shoulder, but owner Jerry Jones isn’t concerned the guard will be sidelined for long.
Jones expects Bernadeau to be ready for camp after taking it easy during Organized Team Activities.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a need for him to overdo it during OTAs, but I think he’ll be ready when we’re all ready to hit,” Jones said. “I think he’ll have a much better offseason, him and (Nate) Livings both, I think they’ll have a much better (offseason), and so will (Ronald) Leary.”
Bernadeau played in all 16 games while fighting through injuries after hip surgery in May 2012 and minor knee surgery two months later.
He was forced to move over to center for two games to adjust for injuries to Phil Costa and Ryan Cook. Bernadeau couldn’t get work at center in the offseason because of the time he missed while injured. When he was healthy enough to return, the Cowboys eased him back in at guard, where he started the majority of the season.
Injuries hampered both Bernadeau and Livingsthroughout the year, and the latest one isn’t an encouraging sign for Bernadeau. Still, if he’s cleared by the time Jones thinks he will be, it’ll be a step up from what he dealt with last year.
“I don’t think he’s going to be set back,” Jones said. “I think we’ll get the full camp out of it. I think we’ll be able to get work out of him in minicamp, planning to.”