The Cowboys escaped Carolina with a victory, but it did come with a cost.
A Costa injury, to be exact. Dallas had just gotten their starting center back last week against the Baltimore Ravens. After suffering from a back injury during training camp, Costa reinjured his back during the first snaps of the season, against the New York Giants. It now appears that he might miss the rematch after doing damage to his ankle in the second quarter against the Panthers. He is scheduled for an MRI this morning.
According to The Mothership, the ankle is partially dislocated and is pending more information from MRIs. Things got a bit confusing when the Ft. Worth Star Telegram's Clarence Hill ran a story about it being "just a sprained ankle" while Bryan Broaddus was using the medical term subluxed, which would indicate a more lengthy stint out of the lineup.
Subluxed ankle for Costa. Going to have an MRI in the morning to get further information.— Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) October 21, 2012
Costa was replaced by Ryan Cook, who had been out of action due to hamstring issues, but was made active for the game. He came in once Costa was removed from the field on a cart, and played reasonably well. However, one could notice a difference as Tony Romo was forced to scramble a bit more with Cook in the game.
Also noteworthy, was an injury to Do-Everything inside linebacker Sean Lee. Lee sprained a big toe on his right foot and sat out the remainder of the game. Following the win, he was still limping but was not on crutches. However, there was an attendant spotted near Lee with crutches in hand.
For what it's worth, Lee says that he'll be ready to go against the Giants at home next week.
"I couldn't push off the way I needed to, couldn't do my job the way I needed to," Lee said. "Going to figure out what the deal is this week and make sure I'm rehabbing. I'll be ready to roll. - Star Telegram
The injury report also includes our back-up turned starting running back, Felix Jones. Some may have noticed that Phillip Tanner was on the field as the Cowboys worked the clock and added an additional field goal to pad the lead. After injuring his shoulder/neck on his first carry of the game but returning, Jones suffered a bruised knee, per Todd Archer of ESPN.
Dallas hopes that DeMarco Murray will return this week against the Giants. If not, and if Felix doesn't heal quickly, Tanner could be looking at his first professional start. Fourth-string rookie Lance Dunbar would back him up.