Cowboys guard Ron Leary: It feels good to hear Jerry Jones’ praise

IRVING – Jerry Jones said Saturday night that the Dallas Cowboys are definitely counting on having Ron Leary back in the lineup for the season opener on Sept. 8.

Leary had arthroscopic right knee surgery on Aug. 16.

“My gut is right now, from all the information I’ve got, is I’m expecting Leary to play against the Giants,” the owner and general manager said while standing in the middle of the Cowboys locker room at AT&T Stadium.

Jones can expect the left guard to be back on the field but until he’s cleared medically the Cowboys must continue to search for other options.

“I’m moving around, getting better,” Leary said Monday. “I’m just taking it day-by-day.”

The offensive line is the Cowboys’ weakest position group and they haven’t had many opportunities to get their five-best linemen on the field together. Jones says Leary is one of the team’s top five, so getting him back healthy should improve the overall offensive product.

“That feels good coming from Jerry Jones, the head man, but it’s just a bunch of ifs,” Leary said. “I got to get out there.”

Leary said he feels improvement every day and is still targeting a return by the time the Cowboys open the season. But even if he does return for Week 1, how will the group perform with such little time to practice together?

“I think we’ll be alright because in the off-season, me, [Travis Frederick] and [Tyron Smith] worked a lot in OTAs and mini-camp, so we know each other pretty well,” Leary said. “You want to be out there as much as you can, but I think we got a good feel for each other.”

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