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Mackenzy Bernadeau to get work at center

8/4/2012

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys have some young players working at center but are confident in the abilities of first-team center of the moment Phil Costa.

Injuries have forced the Cowboys to scrap their plans to have a battle at center.

But offensive line coach Bill Callahan said when guard Mackenzy Bernadeau is cleared to practice he'll get some snaps at center. Bernadeau was taken off the physically unable to perform list Saturday but he's yet to take his conditioning test that would allow him to practice.

Callahan said Bernadeau has a background playing center.

"We'll definitely give him snaps, absolutely," Callahan said. "He's one of the guys; we got three centers that are out in (Bill) Nagy, himself and (Kevin) Kowalski, so absolutely, he'll come back and get some reps there at that spot. We want to get him ready for guard, as well."

Bernadeau signed a four-year deal worth $11 million as a free agent this spring and has had more surgeries (2) than practice time (0). The Cowboys projected him as a starting right guard, but his health forced the team to look elsewhere at that position. He could still play guard, but the team wants to see how he looks at center.