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Ron Leary wants to play Sunday but strained groin might keep him out

Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary has a strained groin that could keep him out of Sunday’s game.
Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary has a strained groin that could keep him out of Sunday’s game. Star-Telegram

Cowboys left guard Ron Leary probably won’t play in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a strained groin. But Leary badly wants to play and will do everything he can to play, he said Tuesday.

“That’s the goal,” Leary said. “I’m going to take it day by day. This is a game I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. This is a big divisional game, so I’m going to take it day by day, do all the treatment and we’ll see on Sunday.

Leary missed the Arizona game in 2014 when he strained the other groin. It is the only game he hasn’t started in his three seasons with the Cowboys.

Leary played 52 of 71 plays against the Giants, leaving in the second half.

“It was bothering me some in the first half,” Leary said. “If you know anybody that plays football, they’re going to always fight through it. It was a pull play I had in the second half, and that’s when I felt it go, and I just couldn’t get it done anymore.”

If Leary sits out Sunday, rookie La’el Collins likely dresses for the first time, and he could start. Mackenzy Bernadeau replaced Leary at left guard and finished out the season opener, with Collins inactive.

“Yes, we sure might. Very likely,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 FM when asked if Collins might suit up. “That depends on Leary. Leary really played well. …Mackenzy really came in and played well. But Leary could and did play just exceptionally well. So, I don’t want to predict what that. I don’t know what that might mean, but [Leary] could give it a try this weekend.”

Leary is in the final year of his contract, making $585,000 this season.

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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