With Phil Costa out at least for the preseason opener with a back injury, adding to a depleted center position that is already without the top two backups, the Cowboys are bringing in former Eagles center Jamaal Jackson on Sunday, two sources said.
If Jackson is in shape, the Cowboys will sign him to a contract and hopeful have him at practice Wednesday when the team returns from Monday's preseason opener against the Raiders and have a day off on Tuesday.
Jackson played nine years for the Eagles before being released after the season. He went to rookie minicamp with the Giants in May on a tryout basis but quit afterwards, saying his heart wasn't in it.
Maybe the passion is a back for stint at Cowboys training camp. Jackson was the Eagles starting center from 2005-2010 and has 72 career starts, which is more than what the Cowboys have behind Costa.
The good news for the Cowboys is that a magnetic resonance imaging exam on Costa came back negative for any thing serious or longterm. Owner Jerry Jones said there were no disc issues and believes Costa will be back on the practice field next week.
“I don’t see Costa out next week at all,” Jones said. “The real question for me is will we play him Monday
We will see how it goes since its not disc and the MRI looked good relative to that. Then we will see how it goes.”
Jones said the Cowboys still needed to help at certain because of the problems the team has had just getting through practice because of the inexperience and poor play behind Costa with Bill Nagy (ankle) and Kevin Kowalski (ankle) both out with injuries. Neither are expected back soon. Nagy will visit a foot and ankle specialist in North Carolina next week and will probably have to undergo surgery.
David Arkin has been moved from guard to center and will start against the Raiders. But he has been shaky at best.
He has struggled with the guard-center exchange and he has had problems with shot gun snaps.
“This is a really important thing,” Garrett said. “We get it. We preach the ball (security) thing to our team on a daily basis. Typically, you don’t have (three) centers on your team go down in a span of a couple of weeks, so we’re just trying to make the next best decision.”