INJURY UPDATE: Dallas Cowboys C Phil Costa’s availability for Seattle game in doubt

Phil Costa’s tenuous hold on the starting center position was not strengthened by his latest MRI.

No definitive timeframe has been established for his return. Costa will be considered week to week as he recovers from a lower back strain, leaving his status for next week’s game against Seattle in doubt.

This is the position the Cowboys center was in for the majority of training camp. Costa played only 12 snaps during the pre-season, all of them coming in the finale against Miami. He started against the New York Giants in Wednesday night’s opener but was forced to leave the game after only three snaps because he back tightened up.

Ryan Cook, who joined the Cowboys only five days earlier, played the rest of the game at center.

The Cowboys like Costa. But he is an undersized center with a bad back that has missed the majority of practice time since camp began in late July. Cook must be considered a threat to take his job.

“I don’t want to get into that right now,’’ head coach Jason Garrett during his Thursday press conference. “We want Costa to get back.

“Costa’s been our starting center for a reason. We like him a lot. But at the same time, we want to make sure he’s healthy.’’

It’s unsure how long that will take given the results of the latest MRI.

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