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A Day Later, Cowboys Feeling "More Optimistic" About Phil Costa

Costa was carted off the field in Carolina after suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter of the win

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A Day Later, Cowboys Feeling "More Optimistic" About Phil Costa

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A day after Phil Costa was carted off the field in Carolina, Jason Garrett said that the Cowboys’ starting center’s injury may have looked worse than it actually was.

Speaking at his Monday press conference, Garrett didn’t offer much in the way of specifics, saying only that Dallas was feeling “more optimistic” about the situation than they did immediately following the 19-14 victory in Charlotte. Costa was replaced late in the second quarter and for the rest of the game by Ryan Cook.

“When that injury happened during the game everybody was concerned as he was being carted off,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I didn’t get a great look at what happened, but it didn’t look good. Sure enough, by the end of the night last night and by today we are a little more optimistic. It’s a significant injury. We are not saying anything but that. But he sprained his ankle.”

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones expanded a bit on the injury, but like Garrett, stopped short of discussing Costa’s status moving forward.

“He subluxed his ankle, which kind of rolls it,” Jones said. “You think of a subluxed shoulder, in and out [of the socket]. It could be something that we look at hard, maybe a severe sprain. It’s not a high ankle sprain, so I’m not ruling him out at all for anything and that’s about all I know about him.”

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