Source: Shoulder surgery for lineman

Updated: March 19, 2013, 6:41 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins |

PHOENIX -- Dallas Cowboys starting right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau underwent surgery on his right shoulder and backup linebacker Alex Albright underwent surgery for a sports hernia this offseason, according to a source.

The recovery time for both players isn't known, but team officials hope each can return for organized team activities in May.

Signed as a free agent last season, Bernadeau started all 16 games for the Cowboys, but had an uneven performance.

During the middle of the season, Bernadeau shared first-team practice snaps with veteran guard Derrick Dockery. However, as the season progressed, Bernadeau improved and even started one game at center.

"Obviously, we would like to improve," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday from the NFL owners meetings. "But, obviously, we paid Bernadeau and [guard Nate] Livings. They had to move around and weren't healthy a lot of the year."

Albright is projected as a backup to one of the outside linebacker spots.

Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for He joined in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.