Cowboys hold out Gurode due to 'business decision'

Posted Aug. 27, 2011 @ 8:08 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Although they needed him to fill in at center for Saturday night's game against the Vikings, the Cowboys are keeping veteran Andre Gurode on the bench. Team vice president Stephen Jones told DallasCowboys.com that the team was holding out Gurode because of a "business decision."

Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com speculates that the move means the team is trying to trade the 10th-year veteran and doesn't want to risk an injury. Gurode has been named to five Pro Bowls.

Phil Costa appears to be in line to win the starting center job, but he is out 2-4 weeks with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

With Costa and Gurode both unavailable for Saturday night's game against Minnesota, the Cowboys were planning to start rookie free agent Kevin Kowalski. OLG Bill Nagy, another rookie, could also see some action at center.