Cowboys C Costa carted off field with leg injury

Dallas Cowboys starting center Phil Costa has been carted off

the field with his right leg in an air cast and will not return

against the Carolina Panthers.

He’s been replaced by Ryan Cook.

The injury occurred in the second quarter after Cowboys wide

receiver Miles Austin fumbled downfield and Panthers linebacker

Luke Kuechly recovered and attempted to return the ball. As the

Panthers began blocking for a return, Costa got caught up in the

fray of the play’s quick change of direction.

Immediately after the play it appeared the injury was a bad one

as Panthers receiver Steve Smith came off the sidelines and began

calling to trainers to bring on a cart.

Costa started three games this season and all 16 last year for

the Cowboys.

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