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October 17, 2012

Costa made huge impact on rush offense; was team's best lineman against Ravens, per Pro Football Focus

The return of center Phil Costa and his impact on the record setting rushing performance against the Ravens Sunday was more than just lip service from Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.

According to Pro Football Focus, every Cowboys offense lineman played well in the game as the team rushed for 227 yards, the most ever against the Ravens. But the site rated Costa as the best lineman in the game for both teams, saying he was dominant in the middle and got the best of every Ravens defender they put in front of him.

It was Costa’s first game since suffering a back injury on the first series of the season opener against the Giants.

“Phil did a really nice job coming back,” Garrett said. “He really did everything he could to get himself ready to play for that Giants game and I think he lasted a couple, three plays in that game. He’s such a great competitor. He’s one of those guys who’s an undrafted college free agent, as you know, and just said, ‘There’s no way you’re going to cut me.’ Then he kind of said, ‘There’s no way you’re not going to play me.’ And that’s how he kind of worked his way into this lineup. I think you saw a lot of that in the ballgame yesterday. He seems healthier than he was going into that Giants game. I thought he battled well. It’s a good front. Haloti Ngata’s one of the best defensive linemen in the National Football League, and he and those guys inside battled him and the rest of those guys really, really well throughout the game. I thought he played aggressively, I thought he played with good technique and brought a good demeanor to our offensive line.”

Clarence Hill

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