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Starting Center Phil Costa Returns

Costa missed the team's first three preseason games with a back issue



    Center Phil Costa returned from a back injury to play in Wednesday night’s preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins, and appears to be on track to go against the Giants in the regular season opener a little under a week from now--obviously a positive sign for the Dallas offensive line, as prior to this, they had been using a natural guard at center in David Arkin.

    Kevin Kowalski and Bill Nagy, who were supposed to challenge Costa for the starting center job in camp, each suffered ankle injuries, meaning Costa had virtually no competition in Oxnard, Ca. Kowalski was recently sent to the physically unable to perform (PUP) list while Nagy was waived and picked up by Detroit.

    This left Dallas with Arkin and, as of Wednesday, Costa at center--a decidedly thin group, but one that’s a little (just a little) less worrisome now that Costa has returned.

    Set to enter his third season as a pro, and his second as a starter, Costa was the only first teamer to play in the preseason finale.

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