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Simply put: The Cowboys are a mess at guard right now with Ronald Leary being the only bright spot.
Nate Livings just had his second knee surgery. Kevin Kowalski already injured his knee. Ryan Cook and Jermey Parnell have both been banged up. Mackenzy Bernadeau just got back from an injury of his own.
The Cowboys don't have many healthy guards on the roster right now, which has given Leary plenty of reps and time to shine. He played every snap in the Hall of Fame game to kick off the preseason and has earned Jerry Jones' praise already.
"I don’t want to be the coach, but I’m comfortable. He has a substance. It’s not just his size, but his punch. He has a base in the middle," the Dallas owner told Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
ESPN's Adam Schefter recently reported the Cowboys are still looking around to sign another guard as well—Brian Waters to be specific.
There are plenty of moving (and injured) parts to the offensive guard situation. Dallas will likely go with Leary to start at left guard and Bernadeau at right if Waters can't be signed.
Unlike his competition, Leary has been healthy and participating in practice all offseason. He has earned Jones' thumbs up, and it's not like Livings played anywhere near lights-out in 2012. This job is certainly within his reach, if not his already.
As for Bernadeau, his case is more of Dallas having to choose the option that will hurt it the least. The Cowboys clearly aren't satisfied with the idea of starting the veteran for another year if they're making calls to a retired guard.
The guard situation is still murky, but the best guess one can make right now is Leary and Bernadeau getting the starting nods.