Ryan Cook ready if Phil Costa is out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After more tests today the Cowboys will have a better idea of how much time Phil Costa will miss or if he will play again this season because of a right ankle injury, but they at least have a plan going forward.

Ryan Cook took over for Costa and would assume the starting spot he held for three games as Costa recovered from a back injury he aggravated in the season-opening win at the New York Giants.

“I prepare the same every week whether I’m starting or not starting because these situations happen all the time,” Cook said. “You’re always one play away. This time it happened at halftime. Against the Giants it was three plays in. So I prepare the same way so you can never be tricked into not knowing what you’re doing.”

Costa did not practice for three weeks because of a hamstring strain suffered Oct. 1 vs. Chicago. He worked out for offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan and the training staff before Sunday’s game before getting the go-ahead.

“It felt good to get back out there and get back in the mix,” Cook said. “I thought the continuity was good on the offensive line considering we played the three previous games together, excluding Baltimore.”