Guard Ronald Leary gets work with starters

OXNARD, Calif. -- It didn’t take Ronald Leary long to get some work with the starters at left guard.

Leary worked with the first team late in Sunday’s practice, his second full-contact session since being removed from the non-football injury list Thursday.

“Just getting acclimated, trying to get his feet up underneath him,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “I think he’s had a couple of good snaps in the pass-rush drills. But you also see some rust he’s trying to knock off and gradually get him back in there competing for that spot. I think he has done some good things.”

Mackenzy Bernadeau got a head start while Leary missed the first several practices while recovering from a strained hamstring suffered during the player-organized conditioning run before the Cowboys left for camp. But there’s no question this will be the best competition for a Cowboys starting job this season.

Leary is the incumbent at left guard, having started 16 games last season. Bernadeau has 47 career starts, including 11 at right guard last season for the Cowboys, and moved to the left side because Dallas drafted Zack Martin in the first round and plugged him in at right guard.