Starting Guard Nagy Breaks His Ankle

FOXBORO, MASS. --The Cowboys have now lost two starting guards in the past four games, the latest being rookie Bill Nagy, who left Gillette Stadium with a cast and crutches Sunday for what he called a broken right ankle.

Team owner/general manager Jerry Jones told reporters that Nagy would likely miss the rest of the season.

Nagy, a seventh-round draft pick, won the left guard job in preseason and started four of the first five games. Veteran Derrick Dockery sprained his knee and broke his fibula in his lone start over Nagy in Week 2.

Nagy said he wasn't sure exactly how he got injured in the second half against New England, only that he apparently got his ankle rolled up while blocking. Rookie Kevin Kowalski replaced him in the starting lineup.

"I can't imagine. It's a tough thing for him," Kowalski said of Nagy. "The kid works hard."

Kowalski is also the primary backup for center Phil Costa, but he played some guard in college and has taken guard reps recently in practice.

With Dockery still out, the Cowboys may have to look for some veteran help, and rookie David Arkin could become active on game days going forward.

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