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December 05, 2012

Darrion Weems takes Phil Costa's spot on the 53-player roster after Costa goes on IR

Rookie Darrion Weems signed his contract in the locker room Wednesday afternoon. He then began the process of getting to know his new teammates.

The Cowboys have had a lot of new faces lately. Center Phil Costa became the 10th player the Cowboys have placed on season-ending injured reserve this season. Six of those players, including Costa, are starters. (Rookie safety Matt Johnson is the player the team designated as returnable injured reserve.)

Costa partially dislocated his ankle against Carolina on Oct. 21 and has missed the six games since. He played in only three games this season -- 120 total plays -- after injuring his back in the first series of the season against the Giants and missing the next three games.

In Costa's absence, Dallas has started two other centers, Ryan Cook and Mackenzy Bernadeau.

Weems was signed off Denver's practice squad. He now is with his fifth team since signing first with the Vikings this summer as a rookie free agent out of the University of Oregon. He also had short stints in New England and Indianapolis.

Weems started 22 of 41 college games, including all 14 at left tackle as a senior.

Despite his late start to joining the Cowboys, Weems said he isn't looking at this as an audition for 2013.

"It’s now," Weems said. "It's about now. I’m here now and work hard now and do what they tell me to do now."

The Cowboys were forced to make a move to their practice squad Wednesday. The Raiders signed running back Jamize Olawale off the Cowboys’ practice squad. Dallas replaced Olawale with tight end Chase Ford, a rookie who briefly was on the Eagles’ practice squad.

-- Charean Williams

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