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August 27, 2011

Gurode not playing, Cowboys' future in doubt

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."

 

-- Clarence E. Hill Jr.

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Wow. I've been reading your stuff for about a year now and this is basically the only sh*t I dont agree with. Give atleast a little credit where credit is due. Kobe got his ass kicked by this so called fluke. So what? Chill out. No one said the Rockets were the best team.

@wm walsh: "who cares?" Any Cowboy fan should care.
The talent on a mediocre 2010 team is getting decimated. The media don't know enough to tell the difference between a Pro Bowl lineman and a spare. So in 2010, we get rid of perennial Pro Bowler Flo and since the Cowboys tell the media his replacement, Doug Free, was the Cowboys best lineman in 2010, idiots believe it. In reality, our o-line went from being good in 2009 to awful in 2010. the main difference being you had a spare instead of a ProBowler at left tackle. While Free may be as good at pass blocking as Flo, Free is one of the worst run blockers with a job in the NFL. So we couldn't run last year, so play action wasn't very effective.
Samething will happen with Gurode: they'll say Costa is doing great but our offense will get even worse.

Who really cares?


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