Phil Costa just can’t seem to stay healthy.
The Cowboys starting center returned to the starting lineup last week against the Ravens, and though Dallas lost, his presence was felt plenty--Dallas amassed 227 rushing yards, the most ever allowed by a Ravens defense. It was Costa’s first action since aggravating a back injury on the team’s first drive in week one against the Giants--an injury that kept him out for most of the preseason--and in the three games in between, the running game struggled mightily.
Now, it appears that Dallas will once again be without the services of Costa for a while. He suffered what appeared to be a severe ankle sprain or dislocated ankle in the second quarter of the victory over the Panthers, and had to be carted off the field. Costa will undergo MRIs today at Valley Ranch to give the team a better idea of how long he’ll be out, but we can’t imagine it’ll be anything less than a few weeks.
In his place, Ryan Cook will once again step into the starting lineup, as he did against the Seahawks, Buccaneers and Ravens.
“I prepare the same every week whether I’m starting or not starting because these situations happen all the time,” Cook said, per ESPN Dallas. “You’re always one play away. This time it happened at halftime. Against the Giants it was three plays in. So I prepare the same way so you can never be tricked into not knowing what you’re doing.”
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