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August 11, 2012

Phil Costa to return next week, team will still sign center

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, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said the team will checking it’s short of possible free agent snappers to add to the roster.
Jones said the Cowboys hoped to sign a center as early as Saturday night but hopefully by Sunday in hopes of managing the three-day waiting period so he can be on the practice field when they return to work Wednesday after Monday’s preseason opener against the Raiders and the day off on Tuesday.
One name on the list is former Cowboys Pro Bowler, Andre Gurode, who played with Ravens last year after being cut by the Cowboys in training camp. But he has yet to be contacted. The Cowboys have talked to some agents from some other players.
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 need 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.”

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