Cowboys fans had good cause for concern on Saturday night, when, at the last minute, it was reported that Kevin Kowalski--an undrafted rookie out of Toledo--would start at center. That is, in front of Tony Romo, the franchise quarterback who is returning from a season-ending collarbone fracture.
Standing in for Andre Gurode, the Pro Bowler who was still on the roster on Saturday, and Phil Costa, who is dealing with a strained PCL though, Kowalski performed well--at least well enough to draw praise from the boss man, Double J, who himself admitted to having some jitters over the late lineup change.
"He did play very well," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "We were sensitive about having him step in there and play the whole game at center with Felix [Jones] and Tony [Romo] and a lot of your top guys back there. We wanted them blocked as good as he could do it and I think he did a very good job."
Kowalski also drew praise from Romo--the man that, two hours prior to the game, the rookie was told he’d be charged with protecting.
"He did a great job. He stepped in and played well," said Romo. "I was proud of his effort."
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