ARLINGTON, Texas – Jerry Jones’ suggestion of the Dallas Cowboys’ starting offensive line getting some playing time in the preseason finale didn’t happen.
But there was one likely starting offensive lineman on the field in the first half. Ronald Leary, who seems to have won the competition with Mackenzy Bernadeau to start at left guard, played the entire half.
The Cowboys wanted to get Leary, who practiced with the starters all week, some more work because he missed the first two weeks of training camp with a strained hamstring.
“He’s behind on reps, so we felt like it was good to get him out there,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “We needed a seventh lineman to play in the game, so it was good for him to play and just get some snaps underneath him.”
Leary said he had no problem with the decision for him to play in the preseason finale. He understood that the coaches wanted him to fine-tune some technique before preparations begin in full for the Sept. 7 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
Leary, who has dropped 10 pounds since last season to 318, believes he’s prepared at this point.
“I feel great,” Leary said. “This is the healthiest probably I’ve been since college. Physically and mentally, I feel good. I’m ready to get going.”