The Dallas Cowboys running game is one week into its resurgence and now it appears it may regress once again. Phil Costa, who graded out as the best center in the NFL last week according to Pro Football Focus, missed practice yesterday with an injured knee. Costa had just rejoined the lineup after missing almost the entire season with back and knee problems.
To make matters worse, backup center Ryan Cook still isn’t practicing because of an injured hamstring. Just when it looked like the Cowboys offensive line was coming together, injuries appear to be derailing their progress.
Costa’s absence could be precautionary in order to keep him healthy, but if he can’t play the Cowboys run game will take a big hit. Costa and the offensive line played well against the Baltimore Ravens last week and it doesn’t matter if the Ravens defense doesn’t stop the run well, the Cowboys needed some confidence up front and they got it. Did the off week help how well the line played? We’ll see the answer to that this week if the Cowboys can sustain the momentum.
If Costa and Cook can’t go, David Arkin has been working at center in practice and would get the start. Whether you believe in Arkin or not, the news isn’t good because we want to see some continuity on the offensive line. The Cowboys have had very little of it so far this season dating back to training camp.
The entire offensive line’s effectiveness doesn’t just hinge on the center but he’s an important part of making the protection and blocking calls for the other linemen. The entire group played well last week and hopefully it wasn’t all due to Costa’s return.
The Cowboys need Costa to be healthy and have to be hoping he plays, imagine how crazy that sounds? Phil Costa may hold the key to the Cowboys rushing game in his hands!
Let’s hope he plays.
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