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Ronald Leary
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Leary in the 2017 NFL preseason.
No. 65     
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-04-29) April 29, 1989 (age 31)
Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Career information
College: Memphis
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2012 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* All-Conference USA Freshman Team (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played     65
Games started     64
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Ronald Leary (born April 29, 1989) is an American football guard for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Memphis and signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Early yearsEdit

Leary didn't start playing organized football until his junior year at Southern University Lab High School, where he earned All-State and All-District honors. He also lettered in basketball.

He accepted a scholarship to play college football at The University of Memphis. As a redshirt freshman, he was a backup for the left and right tackle positions. The next year, he was named the starter at left tackle, where he would remain for the most part of his college career, while making 36 consecutive starts.

During his senior season, he underwent surgery in May 2011 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but didn't miss any games. He ended protecting three different quarterbacks, while starting the first six games at left tackle, before switching to right guard when injuries impacted the offensive line. He was named second-team All-Conference USA and shared team MVP honors with Dontari Poe.

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Leary was not selected in the 2012 NFL Draft because of a degenerative left knee condition (osteochondritis dissecans)[1] which could potentially shorten his career. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys with the intention of playing him at guard.[2] To secure the signing that was seen as a coup, because he was graded as a third round talent,.[3] the Cowboys gave him a $9,000 signing bonus and guaranteed $205,000 of his $390,000 base salary.[4]

He was waived on August 30, 2012 and signed to the team's practice squad.[5][6] He was promoted to the active roster on December 21, for the last two games of the season.[7]

Leary entered the 2013 offseason competing for a starting job on the offensive line.[8] He was getting first-team reps at left guard ahead of an injured Nate Livings, before needing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee during preseason.[9] After missing two weeks, he returned in time to start in the season opener against the New York Giants and proceeded to start in all 16 games at left guard.

In 2014, he earned the left guard starting role over Mackenzy Bernadeau and was a part of arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.[10] His best game came against the Houston Texans, when he contained defensive player of the year J. J. Watt.[11] He started in 15 games, missing one due to a groin injury.[12]

In 2015, Leary received competition from rookie La'el Collins.[13] Although he suffered from a groin injury in training camp, Leary remained the starter at left guard in three of the first five games of the season, with his groin strain forcing him to miss the second and third games. Leary would be declared inactive for 10 straight games. He started in the last game against the Washington Redskins in place of an injured Collins, but left in the third quarter after suffering a concussion and was replaced by Mackenzy Bernadeau.

In 2016, he held out during the offseason program and voluntary activities, while requesting a trade.[14] Although the Cowboys received offers, they chose to decline them and kept Leary for depth. Although he was declared inactive in the first two games of the season, he saw extensive action at left guard in the third game against the Chicago Bears, after Collins was lost for the season with a torn ligament in his right big toe.[15] He finished the season as the Cowboy's left guard. His inclusion on the offensive line, helped rookie Ezekiel Elliott win the NFL rushing title.[16] He suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns and he did not play in the last game of the season due to a back injury.

Denver BroncosEdit

On March 9, 2017, Leary signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Denver Broncos with $20 million guaranteed.[17][18]

He was named the Broncos' starting right guard to begin the regular season.[19] He started the first 11 games of the season before suffering a back injury in Week 12. He was placed on injured reserve on December 12, 2017.[20]

Leary was named the Broncos starting left guard to start the 2018 season. He started the first six games before suffering a torn Achilles in Week 6.[21] He was placed on injured reserve on October 22, 2018.[22]

In 2019 Leary would move back to right guard.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Watkins, Calvin (May 4, 2012). "Ronald Leary practicing with knee condition". http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4692589/ronald-leary-undergoes-an-mri.
  2. Watkins, Calvin (April 30, 2012). "Cowboys pick up Memphis guard Ronald Leary". http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4692429/cowboys-pick-up-memphis-guard-ronald-leary.
  3. Ellis, Josh (July 5, 2012). "Building Blocks: Starting Guard Job Appears Wide Open". http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2012/07/05/building-blocks-starting-guard-job-appears-wide-open.
  4. Archer, Todd (June 19, 2012). "Cowboys paid undrafted Ronald Leary". http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4693534/cowboys-paid-undrafted-ronald-leary.
  5. Elis, Josh (August 30, 2012). "Disappointed In His Preseason, Leary Told He Will Be Cut". http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2012/08/30/disappointed-his-preseason-leary-told-he-will-be-cut.
  6. Eatman, Nick (September 1, 2012). "TE Cochart Claimed Off Waivers; Eight-Man Practice Squad Set". DallasCowboys.com. http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2012/09/01/te-cochart-claimed-waivers-eight-man-practice-squad-set.
  7. Eatman, Nick (December 22, 2012). "Ron Leary Signed From Practice Squad; WR Armstrong Released". DallasCowboys.com. http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2012/12/22/ron-leary-signed-practice-squad-wr-armstrong-released.
  8. "Top 10: Sorting Out Position Battles Before Training Camp". DallasCowboys.com. June 21, 2013. http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2013/06/21/top-10-sorting-out-position-battles-training-camp.
  9. Archer, Todd (August 15, 2013). "More OL woes: Ronald Leary set for surgery". http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/54141/more-o-woes-as-ronald-leary-set-for-surgery.
  10. Broaddus, Bryan (July 23, 2014). "Position Battles To Watch At Start Of Camp". DallasCowboys.com. http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2014/07/23/broaddus-position-battles-watch-start-camp.
  11. Watkins, Calvin (October 6, 2014). "Upon Further Review: Slowing down J. J. Watt". http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4734904/upon-further-review-slowing-down-j-j-watt.
  12. Helman, David (November 2, 2014). "Inactives: Leary and Free Join Romo On Sideline For Arizona; Hitchens To Start". DallasCowboys.com. http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2014/11/02/inactives-leary-and-free-join-romo-sideline-arizona-hitchens-start.
  13. "Top 10: Ranking The Biggest Position Battles On The Cowboys’ Roster". DallasCowboys.com. June 26, 2015. http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2015/06/26/top-10-writers-rank-biggest-position-battles-cowboys%E2%80%99-roster.
  14. Wesseling, Chris (May 24, 2016). "Ronald Leary requests trade from Dallas Cowboys". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000664854/article/ronald-leary-requests-trade-from-dallas-cowboys.
  15. Orr, Conor (October 4, 2016). "La'el Collins headed to IR following toe surgery". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000715308/article/lael-collins-headed-to-ir-following-toe-surgery.
  16. Taylor, Jean-Jacques (January 6, 2017). "Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott happy, not content after winning rushing title". ESPN.com. http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas-cowboys/post/_/id/4757371/ezekiel-elliott-happy-not-content-after-winning-rushing-title.
  17. DiLalla, Aric (March 9, 2017). "Broncos agree to terms with guard Ronald Leary". http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-agree-to-terms-with-guard-Ronald-Leary/5b3833c2-8db8-4ba0-b34a-4c3d82928f3f.
  18. Patra, Kevin (March 9, 2017). "Broncos adding ex-Cowboys guard Ronald Leary". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000791832/article/broncos-adding-excowboys-guard-ronald-leary.
  19. Stevens, Zac (March 10, 2017). "Elway: Leary’s bully attitude “makes us tough on the offensive line”". BSNDenver.com. http://bsndenver.com/elway-learys-bully-attitude-makes-us-tough-on-the-offensive-line/.
  20. DiLalla, Aric (December 12, 2017). "Broncos place OG Ron Leary on IR; sign TE Matt LaCosse to roster". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-place-og-ron-leary-on-ir-sign-te-matt-lacosse-to-roster-19966564.
  21. Alper, Josh (October 15, 2018). "Broncos lose Ronald Leary for season". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/10/15/broncos-lose-ronald-leary-for-season/.
  22. DiLalla, Aric (October 22, 2018). "Broncos sign G/C Nico Falah to active roster, place Ron Leary on IR". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-sign-g-c-nico-falah-to-active-roster-place-ron-leary-on-ir.

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