Gerald Sensabaugh cleared to practice

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys free safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last month, has been cleared to practice.

Sensabaugh passed his conditioning test Friday and plans to practice Saturday.

The knee began to bother Sensabaugh during the Cowboys’ offseason workouts, causing him to miss the team’s June minicamp. The team’s medical staff attempted to treat the knee with shots at that time, but the knee didn’t react as hoped, leading Sensabaugh to undergo the minor surgery.

“It feels good as new right now,” said Sensabaugh, who admittedly struggled to finish the final sprints of the conditioning test. “I’ve been getting my mental reps. I’ve been working on the side. I can’t say my legs are all the way fresh, but I should be good.”

Rookie receiver Danny Coale, a fifth-round pick who underwent surgery to repair his broken foot in May, also passed the conditioning test. However, Coale has not been cleared to practice.

Coale, who had a screw permanently inserted into his foot, ran routes Friday for the first time since the surgery. He said he ran about 20 routes but still needs some more work before practicing.

“I need to get back in route-running shape,” Coale said. “It’s going to be a little bit of a transition, but it’s encouraging. Taking steps, but not quite there. Close, but not quite there.”

Offensive guard Mackenzy Bernadeau also ran a series of timed sprints, but coach Jason Garrett said it was not the official conditioning test. Bernadeau, who underwent hip and knee surgeries during the offseason, is close to being cleared to practice.