When the Dallas Cowboys take the field on offense this weekend against the Cleveland Browns, they maybe starting their third center of the year. With Ryan Cook still not practicing because of a sore knee, Mackenzy Bernadeau has been taking first team reps with the Cowboys offense in practice as a precaution. It now appears that Bernadeau will get the start at center this week.
ESPNDallas.com’s Todd Archer is reporting there is a “good chance” that Bernadeau will start at center against Cleveland. Since Phil Costa is still out with an ankle injury and Cook still sidelined, the Cowboys are down to their last resort at the position.
If Bernadeau does start at center, the Cowboys will be forced reshuffle the offensive line and Derrick Dockery would likely start at guard.
This is a huge development and if Cook isn’t able to play, the Cowboys will go into the game with an offensive line that will be on their third player at one of the most important positions on the line. This is a unit that is still trying to to improve and playing an important game with a group that has not played a snap together is very dicey.
The only other possibility at center would be to play David Arkin, but he hasn’t played center since preseason. If Bernadeau does start, look for Arkin to be active for the first time all year. It also looks like the Cowboys still don’t feel Kevin Kowalski is healthy enough to play and they’ll have only one more week to determine if he can play this year or if they need to put him on season ending injured reserve.
Anyway you look at it, if the Cowboys don’t have Cook in the lineup, they maybe in some trouble.
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