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January 01, 2013

Starting center Phil Costa has ankle surgery

Center Phil Costa went into this season as the Cowboys' starting center, but he was in that role for only 130 snaps this season. Injuries ruined Costa's season.

Costa said he had surgery last week to repair ligament damage in his right ankle. He dislocated the ankle in the second quarter of the team's Oct. 21 game at Carolina and was inactive for six games before the Cowboys placed him on season-ending injured reserve.

Costa's season got off to an inauspicious start when he injured his back in training camp. He started the season opener against the Giants but left after reinjuring his back on the third play from scrimmage. Costa missed three games with the back injury.

"Durability is an issue, and that hasn’t been something in my career that’s been a problem," Costa said. "Never missed a game in high school, never missed a game in college for that. First few years in the league, I was healthy. Just an issue that’s here. It’s something that I’ll overcome, but it was frustrating."

Costa said the goal is to be healthy enough to return for organized team activities this spring.

-- Charean Williams 




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