The Dallas Cowboys have a bye this week which is good news for injured players. Three of the team's injured players, though, were able to return to the practice field yesterday. Pro-Bowler Jay Ratliff
, defensive end Kenyon Coleman
, and center Phil Costa
all returned for the only practice the Cowboys would have this week yesterday.
According to Nick Eatman of CBS Sports
, both Ratliff and Coleman are expected to return as starters in the Cowboys' next game against the Baltimore Ravens. Eatman says it is not clear whether Costa will take over for Ryan Cook
. Cook is a veteran and has been in there since Costa went down in the opener.
The Cowboys hope Ratliff's return will help them improve their run defense. They have struggled in preventing the run this season but have done well otherwise on defense. Ratliff, a 31-year old nose tackle, has 27 sacks in his career and knows how to plug a hole. He suffered a high ankle sprain during the preseason and has not yet played a regular season game.
Coleman will also give the defense a boost. He has been out for the last two games with a hyperextended knee. Coleman is in his second stint with the Cowboys. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, then played four years in Dallas, went to the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, and is now back with Dallas.
Costa injured his back three plays into the season opener and has not been able to return since. Costa started all 16 games at center for the Cowboys last season, but Cook has performed well as a back-up. If Costa can show he is 100% healthy, he should be able to take his job back, but if there is any sign of lingering issues, Cook will likely keep the job.