The Cowboys list Ronald Leary as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Eagles, but say he is a game-time decision. The starting left guard missed all of practice this week while dealing with a groin strain that sidelined him in the second half of the season opener against the Giants.
He remains hopeful of playing, and the Cowboys remain hopeful of him playing.
“I don’t want to dismiss Leary,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3FM “…I don’t want to get ahead of it. Leary, the way he was playing even after he incurred the strain, he probably could have finished the game. Let’s see how that goes. We’ll probably have plenty of backup there, so we’ve got plenty of options during the game.”
Veteran Mackenzy Bernadeau and rookie La’el Collins are the options to replace Leary at left guard, should he not be able to go. Leary played 52 of 71 plays against the Giants, giving way to Bernadeau in the second half. Bernadeau has made 48 starts in his career.
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Collins, an undrafted rookie free agent, was inactive last week. He expects to dress for the first time Sunday.
I’m extremely excited. ...I just want to help and contribute as best as I can.
rookie guard La’el Collins
“I’m extremely excited,” Collins said. “I can’t wait. This weekend is going to be huge, so I look forward to it. This team looks forward to it. I just want to help and contribute as best as I can.”
Collins worked at both right tackle and both guard spots since signing a three-year, $1.7 million deal with the Cowboys. He played 179 of 252 snaps in the preseason, making two starts at left guard.
The Cowboys have worked him exclusively at guard since the season started.
He said he’s become a better player since arriving from LSU.
“The one thing about the Dallas Cowboys and this organization, they’re not going to put you on the field unless you know every single thing,” Collins said. “They’re not going to put you on the field if you don’t know this or don’t know that. You got to know everything. You got to know it to the best of your ability, and you’ve just got to be able to go out there and react and just play free. Just being able to do that week in and week out since camp has been great, and I just look forward to every day going out and getting better.”
The Cowboys list tight end James Hanna (knee) as questionable. Dez Bryant (foot) and Randy Gregory (ankle) are out.