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October 29, 2010

Rookie free agent expected to start at LG

Wade Phillips said starting left guard Kyle Kosier (sprained right ankle/Achilles') isn't likely to play Sunday and neither is his backup, Montrae Holland (groin). That leaves rookie free agent Phil Costa to make his first start.

"It doesn't look good for them this game," Phillips said of Kosier and Holland.

Costa played center, left guard and right guard at Maryland. He started his pro career at center but has been taking reps at center and guard the past few weeks. He said he is ready.

"I go against great players in practice," said Costa, who played Monday night when Kosier and then Holland went out. "I played some very good players in the game on Monday night. Just kind of do what I’ve been told to do."

Cornerback Terence Newman, who missed practice Thursday with a rib muscle strain, told Phillips he felt better Friday.

"We'll see how he practices today," Phillips said.

-- Charean Williams

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