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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A quick look at Phil Costa

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- New Indianapolis Colts center Phil Costa is somewhat a mystery. He started every game with Dallas in 2011, but his playing time started to reduce before he eventually lost his starting job in 2013. His role with the Colts is unknown. Costa will compete with Khaled Holmes for the starting position.

Is Costa a starter still or is he just a backup in the league.

I checked in with ESPN.com Cowboys reporter Calvin Watkins to get a little background on Costa.

Why did Costa lose his starting job to rookie Travis Frederick last season?

"He suffered a back injury in 2012 and never fully recovered. Ryan Cook took over the starting gig. Then last year the team wanted to upgrade the center position and selected Travis Frederick, a projected second rounder. Costa made the team and was healthy all year but didn't play. In the offseason, Costa was offered a pay cut and declined it. The team then released him."

Is Costa still a capable starter in the league?

"I think so. He's young enough to have a future in the league. Strong, stocky player with good lower body strength."

What type of guy is Costa inside the locker room and are there any interesting tidbits about him that fans should know?

"Costa is a quiet guy who gets along with his teammates. Costa went to Maryland and follows the Terps closely. He was engaged to Brooke Hogan and Hulk Hogan attended a game last year. The two broke up."