The Cowboys will sit a healthy center Andre Gurode tonight. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called it a business decision.
The two options include a reduced contract or a trade. Gurode, who made the trip to Minneapolis, is scheduled to make a $5.5 million base salary and count $7.2 million against the salary cap.
“We need to talk business – cap business, salary business,” Jones said.
Third-team center Kevin Kowalski will start against the Vikings.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday that Phil Costa was competing for the starting center job. But that was before Costa sprained a posterior collateral ligament in his right knee.
Jones, though, said Costa will be back for the Sept. 11 season opener against the Jets. He also said cornerback Terence Newman (groin) is expected back.
Gurode, a five-time Pro Bowler, had been splitting first-team snaps with Costa after returning from arthroscopic knee surgery in June. Costa’s performance is what has led the Cowboys to their decision not to play Gurode on Saturday night, Jones said.
“He has good competition,” Jones said. “There are alternatives for us there, so we can sit down and talk about it, see what we might work out.”
Jones said there was no time frame in which to reach a decision on Gurode’s future. Gurode’s agent, Kennard McGuire, replied via text.
"I will like to keep the details of my converstation private that we had with Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones," McGuire said. "There are a few things that both sides are discussing."
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