IRVING, Texas – With the second phase of the offseason program starting this week, Cowboys coaches have been able to get on the field with veterans for the first time, but Mackenzy Bernadeau has not been among them.
Bernadeau, who signed a four-year, $11 million deal in March, has been slowed with an upper quadriceps injury that has limited his strength work and put into question his availability for the organized team activities later this month.
The Cowboys do not believe the injury is serious, but they do not want it to become a chronic problem.
“We want to make sure he’s healthy before we put him out there,” coach Jason Garrett said.
Bernadeau is projected as one of the starting guards, but he played some center during his first four years at Carolina.
“It’s one of the things we knew about him,” offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said. “He had played some center in the preseason with Carolina so he’s been exposed to that spot. He’s got that position flexibility so that’s a real positive. Yeah, he has that in him. I haven’t seen it as of late, but he did serve as a backup center in emergency situations, so he has taken snaps from what we’ve had in our conversations with him.”