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November 02, 2012

Next week, Kevin Kowalski will practice for first time this season

Offensive lineman Kevin Kowalski can't wait for Wednesday. That will be the day he anticipates practicing for the first time this season.

The Cowboys will call up Kowalski from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. They then will have three weeks to make a decision on his immediate future, whether they activate him to the 53-player roster or place him on injured reserve.

"It’s just more looking forward to the opportunity to be back out there and just trying to improve and try to contribute to this team if I get the opportunity," Kowalski said.

Kowalski, who can play guard and center, played 11 games as a rookie free agent last season. He had been expected to compete for the starting center job with Phil Costa, but Kowalski had a severe case of tendinitis in his in ankle that required surgery. He said he has been running for four weeks.

Costa severely injured his ankle in the Carolina game two weeks ago and still is wearing a walking boot. Ryan Cook again will start this week. The Cowboys had David Arkin active last week as the backup center, but he did not play. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan said the Cowboys also are giving starting right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau some snaps at center in practice.

Kowalski's versatility makes him an ideal backup on game day, however.

"Fortunately being on PUP, I’ve been able to sit in those meetings all year long," Kowalski said. "I’ve stayed engaged in that aspect of knowing what’s going on and understanding both positions in that aspect."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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