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September 01, 2012

Cowboys like Cook's ability to play center as well as his versatility

The Cowboys don't yet know if Ryan Cook can help them immediately, but they are counting on him being a good addition this season. Cowboys Jason Garrett said it is too early to tell whether Cook can be ready to be the backup center on Wednesday night.

Cook arrived at Valley Ranch on Friday after the Cowboys traded a 2013 seventh-round pick to the Dolphins for him. He got his Ipad then and will have his first practice later as a Cowboy today.

"He's a versatile player, first and foremost," Garrett said. "He's played center, guard and tackle in this league. He was a second-round pick. He's a veteran. He's a good-size guy. He's smart. We've liked him. We've evaluated him in the past when he was available, and we keep an eye on those kinds of guys. We understood that there was going to be a little bit of a glut down there of offensive linemen, and he might be available to us. Again, we evaluated him the other night in the ball game that he played against us. We're going to try to get him in here and see how he fits. He does have history and experience snapping the football, and that's certainly an asset for him. But his position flex throughout the offensive line and his experience as an offensive lineman certainly helps him."

Cook, a second-round draft choice of the Vikings in 2006, started against the Cowboys on Wednesday in the final preseason game. He has played tackle, guard and center. The Dolphins acquired him off the waiver wire last year, and he played guard and center for them in 2011. He was beaten out by undrafted rookie Josh Samuda for the backup center spot in Miami during training camp.

Cook has started 40 games, mostly at right tackle, but he also has started games at right guard and at center.

The Cowboys have been thin in the interior of their line because of injuries. David Arkin, who had never played center, started the first three preseason games in place of Phil Costa, who has been slowed by back pain. Costa played 12 snaps against the Dolphins on Wednesday in his first preseason action.

Backups Bill Nagy and Kevin Kowalski had ankle injuries in camp that prompted the Cowboys to waive/injured Nagy, who was claimed by the Lions, and place Kowalski on the reserve physically unable to perform list. Kowalski will miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

-- Charean Williams 

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Well I've been yappin' at Jerry the whole training camp to pick up a veteran center. I don't think Costa will last the entire season with his back and Arkin is not a center. Cook may not be the veteran center I had in mind but he is a league above Arkin and he can play the Tackle and Guard position as well. I think JJ still needs to look at maybe adding another O-lineman but if I were him I'd have to seriously look at trading not only Jenkins but Felix as well while he can still get something for them. Felix will get hurt again this year, the only question is when. And Jenkins is unhappy as well as brittle. I don't see his shoulder holding up and fully expect him to go on IR around mid season IF he can play at all.

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