Ronald Leary hopes to return for Week 1

August, 19, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- The good news for left guard Ronald Leary is that the minor surgery he had last week was on his right knee, not the chronic left knee that had many NFL teams concerned to the point where he went undrafted.

The bad news is the Cowboys' second-year offensive lineman most likely will miss the rest of the preseason and his status for the regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the New York Giants is in doubt. However, Leary said his recovery time is two weeks and that he hopes to be ready in time for the game.

"You want to get out there and get these reps, but I'll be alright, I'll be back," Leary said. "Every time you have a MRI, it sees everything, you worry about that."

The Cowboys have lost their first-team (Nate Livings) and second-team (Leary) left guards to knee surgeries this summer. David Arkin started in their place in Saturday's third preseason game at Arizona and is expected to start the fourth preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Livings is still recovering from his injury and might not return until just before the regular season starts.

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With Livings out, Leary was getting valuable snaps with the first-team offense and was earning praise from the offensive coaches. But now his development is slowed because of the knee injury.

"I'm not where I want to be, and I just want to build on it," Leary said of his progress. "It's not a setback (being hurt). I'll be back."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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