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November 16, 2011

Stephen Bowen: It's all good with Phil Costa

What a difference six weeks makes. After the Cowboys' 18-16 victory over the Redskins on Sept. 26, the Cowboys accused their former teammate, Stephen Bowen, of simulating the snap count, and the Redskins defensive end called Cowboys center Phil Costa a liar.

Bowen said Wednesday that Costa called him afterward and all has been forgiven.

"After that whole thing, Phil called me, and we talked, and it’s no big thing," Bowen said on a conference call. "We’ve moved past that, and it’s all good."

Costa had four premature snaps in the game. The Cowboys blamed the Redskins for simulating the snap count, which is illegal, and Bowen was a suspect because of the five seasons he spent in Dallas.

Washington was not called for a penalty, but the NFL did send out a memo a few days later reminding teams that simulating a snap count is a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

“I have no idea, no idea [what Costa heard],” Bowen said. “I know that us guys up front, we weren’t saying anything. If I would have heard it, it probably would have made me jump. I know I had nothing to do with what he was hearing.”

Bowen initially was upset that his character was called into question. He said then that he had "lost a lot of respect for Costa." But Bowen said Wednesday that the two made up in their phone conversation.

"That kind of caught me off guard," Bowen said. "He called me and we talked. …I’m not going to talk about the details of conversation, but he’s a good player, and I respect him." 

-- Charean Williams





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