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May 15, 2013

Healthy Costa says he's ready for competition with Frederick and will welcome him to the o-line room

The Cowboys drafted a guy to take Phil Costa’s job at center. But that is not going to make him unfriendly toward him, Costa said.

“You don’t get anywhere by being a certain way as an older guy to a younger guy,” Costa said Wednesday at Cowboys Golf Club during the team’s annual tournament for sponsors. “You’ve got to treat everybody with respect and as a teammate, and especially a guy who’s in the O-line room. We take our group serious, and we’re a tight-knit group.”

Costa said he has met Travis Frederick, the Wisconsin center taken by the Cowboys with their first-round pick last month, and “he seems like a great guy.”

Costa said he remembers the way he was treated when he got to the Cowboys as an undrafted player in 2010.

“I was with [Kyle] Kosier, Andre [Gurode], [Marc] Colombo, and all those guys were good to me,” he said. “They taught me a lot, taught me how to be. And I appreciated that.”

Besides, Costa said, the competition will make him better.

“I came into the league, every day was a fight, and still every day is a fight,” he said. “I look at it, it’s a competition, a challenge. I think competition really brings out the best in everyone, which Coach has talked a lot about with our team.”

Costa said he is fully recovered from the broken ankle that ended his season last year in the Carolina game.

“It was supposed to be a four- to six-month recovery,” he said. “I was pretty much 100 percent right at the four-month mark, maybe a little before.”

He said he had doubts, naturally.

“I guess you never really know how an injury’s going to heal up,” he said. “Literally every day, I have the mentality, ‘Win the day,’ whether it’s with an injury or football. Just putting everything together to get 100 percent.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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