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Nate Livings needs another knee surgery

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo passes against the Washington Redskins in Arlington, Texas

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (R) passes as guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (L) and guard Nate Livings block against the Washington Redskins in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

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It’s summertime and Nate Livings isn’t living easy.

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Cowboys guard needs to have surgery on his right knee for the second time in six months. Livings had surgery in February, hurt the knee again during spring work and was able to return to the field during training camp before this latest setback.

Archer pegs the recovery time at two-to-four weeks, the outside edge of which would put Livings, slated to start at left guard, right up against the start of the season. With Livings out, the Cowboys might not have much choice but to look outside the organization for interior line help. Mackenzy Bernadeau, the prospective right guard, hasn’t practiced since hurting his hamstring during the team’s conditioning test and reserve Kevin Kowalski is out for up to a month with a bruised knee.

The Cowboys signed a pair of offensive linemen this week, but neither James Nelson nor Jeff Olsen is a surefire option should the expected starters fail to recover in time for the season. That helps explain why the Cowboys have been linked to veteran guard Brian Waters and why they’re likely to be connected to other available linemen in the coming days and weeks.