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Gurode a healthy scratch for Saturday night

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Rumors of center Andre Gurode’s demise in Dallas died quickly when presumed replacement Phil Costa, a dead ringer for a quasi-athletic version of Flounder from Animal House, suffered a sprained PCL.

But even with Costa out for two-to-four weeks, Gurode could be gurone.

Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Gurode won’t play tonight at Minnesota.  Owner Jerry Jones called the move a “business decision.”

We need to talk business — cap business, salary business,” Jones said.

In other words, Jones possibly plans to make Gurode an offer he can’t refuse, if he wants to stay on the team.  Gurode is due to earn a base salary of $5.5 million in 2011, which becomes guaranteed if he’s on the roster as of Week One.  The Cowboys also could be contemplating a trade.

By sitting Gurode, the Cowboys avoid the risk of Gurode suffering a season-ending injury, which would put them on the hook for the full $5.5 million.

Third-stringer Kevin Kowalski will start in Gurode’s place.  And if Kowalski gets thrown into the ankles or knees of quarterback Tony Romo, Jones’ business decision will end up being even worse than David Akers‘ decision to invest in an alleged Ponzi scheme.

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36 Responses to “Gurode a healthy scratch for Saturday night”
  1. jh012 says: Aug 27, 2011 7:49 PM

    He has been a good player for a long time but in the salary cap era you cant afford to pay a center that much.

  2. jaywhitelending says: Aug 27, 2011 7:53 PM

    In with the new out with the old; Hopefully our inept GM can trade him for a serviceable swing tackle not named Alex Barron or a serviceable DB…..hold on I have been drinking today no way Jerry the GM does anything positive for the team.

  3. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 7:58 PM

    Looks like they want to trade him.

  4. mcbleezy5150 says: Aug 27, 2011 8:01 PM

    ohh snap…i see nothing but bad coming from this. please-o-please kevin ko-whatever…dont F**K UP!!

  5. jacksaysfu says: Aug 27, 2011 8:08 PM

    @melonhead: Wow your teams o-line is a mess . Instead of focusing on us maybe you should worry about your dismal 6-10 team .” Asomugha wanted to be a cowboy ” HA , how did that one work for ya !!

  6. itsmammoth says: Aug 27, 2011 8:10 PM

    Keep on scrambling Romo… and may the force be with you. “White Michael Vick.”

  7. jacksaysfu says: Aug 27, 2011 8:13 PM

    Cowboys are terrible with cap management !

  8. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Aug 27, 2011 8:13 PM

    I’m still a fan of gurode…mainly because if we get rid of him we have an unproven guy in costa who won’t even. Play week 1…ill take a somewhat mediocre gurode instead of kowalski who is nothing

  9. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 27, 2011 8:22 PM

    How do you trade a guy that is going to make 5.5 Million and is #3 or #4 ……….according to Dallas to another team?

    I mean who is the idiot that wants to do that deal? Now is Gurode was younger, if he didn’t make as much, if he played multiple positions, and had versatility then maybe!

    The fact 31 teams know Jerry has to cut him and the upside just doesn’t warrant taking on his contract and having to give up a draft pick!

    Never gona happen

  10. indyeagle says: Aug 27, 2011 8:24 PM

    Please don’t ever disrespect Akers like that by associating his name with anything remotely close to the filthy Cowboys.

  11. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 8:58 PM

    @melonhead: Wow your teams o-line is a mess . Instead of focusing on us maybe you should worry about your dismal 6-10 team

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    Why? I don’t make any decisions for the team, dummy. I don’t see Romo running for his life and throwing the ball up for grabs even with three rookies starting on the OL so I think they’re in a little bit better shape than the Eagles OL is. Bet you wish Doug Free hadn’t taken less money to stay with the Cowboys huh? Oh look, Gerald Sensabaugh just grabbed as many interceptions as Asomugha has in the last two seasons!

  12. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 9:03 PM

    Please don’t ever disrespect Akers like that by associating his name with anything remotely close to the filthy Cowboys.

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    Yeah, disrespect him by drafting a kicker in the 4th round and cutting him even though he made 84% of his FG tries hahaha

  13. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 9:11 PM

    Romo is 14 of 19 for 128 yards at this point (6:47 to go in the 2nd) and as far as I can tell no Vikings player has even come close to lying a hand on him. Even Jesse Holley (2 for 26) is getting in the mix. You guys remember him, he was the winner of that “4th and Long” show Michael Irvin had. Cowboys lead 17-7.

  14. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 9:17 PM

    Even Jesse Holley (2 for 26) is getting in the mix. You guys remember him, he was the winner of that “4th and Long” show Michael Irvin had.

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    Speaking of WR’s that aren’t good enough to start for the Cowboys, anybody remember how Desean Jackson is looking so far this preseason? Oh yeah. 2 catches for 8 yards. Total.

  15. trollaikman8 says: Aug 27, 2011 9:46 PM

    Just when I was starting to feel okay about the Cowboys dismal O-Line situation, Jerrah Jones wants to nickle and dime the only experienced center on the team.

  16. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 9:51 PM

    Cowboys defensive #2’s taking the Vikings’ 1’s to school to start the second half. Get McNabb out of there before he gets killed.

  17. indyeagle says: Aug 27, 2011 10:03 PM

    Or, you could actually try getting your facts straight for once. He left as a free agent, he wasn’t cut. He was offered the transition tag prior to the lockout and refused to sign the tender…..so, as usual, you are incorrect.

  18. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 10:06 PM

    Kowalski did everything you want to see against their 1’s, kept his feet under him, good hand work, played with leverage, he was even calling the protections. No exchange problems. Didn’t get thrown into Romo’s ankles or knees, so that’s a good thing. Looks like another solid find for the Cowboys. Cowboys 1’s win, 17-10.

  19. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 10:17 PM

    Just when I was starting to feel okay about the Cowboys dismal O-Line situation, Jerrah Jones wants to nickle and dime the only experienced center on the team.

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    I know you can’t see it, but Kowalksi is now pushing their 2’s around after having a good first half against their starters. If Gurode and Costa are better than this guy right now, we’re gonna be a-ok.

  20. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 10:26 PM

    Cowboys are terrible with cap management !

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    Yes, everyone knows that the Eagles are the salary cap champions for 10 years running.

  21. jacksaysfu says: Aug 27, 2011 10:37 PM

    @melonhead : Asomugha dont get picks cause no QB even dares throws near him , but you’ll find that out when Bryant or Austin gets shut down .Then you go to the other and Samuel picks it . When were not collecting INT’s we have 2 double digit sack machines , a great pass rushing DT , and 2 good run stoppers making life hell for your offense . Ok im done with you , on to winning teams, 6-10.

  22. rollolarson says: Aug 27, 2011 10:42 PM

    “Why? I don’t make any decisions for the team, dummy. I don’t see Romo running for his life and throwing the ball up for grabs even with three rookies starting on the OL so I think they’re in a little bit better shape than the Eagles OL is. Bet you wish Doug Free hadn’t taken less money to stay with the Cowboys huh? Oh look, Gerald Sensabaugh just grabbed as many interceptions as Asomugha has in the last two seasons!”
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    I love ya mellonhead

  23. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 10:51 PM

    @melonhead : Asomugha dont get picks cause no QB even dares throws near him , but you’ll find that out when Bryant or Austin gets shut down

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    Last time the Cowboys played the Raiders Miles Austin had a 145 yard day. Maybe Aso was covering Roy Williams, though. Cowboys won 24-7. To tell you the truth I don’t care who gets shut down so long as the Cowboys win. You still got nothing for Witten, either. In fact you got less than you ever had for Witten.

  24. jacksaysfu says: Aug 27, 2011 10:54 PM

    @melonhead : First off EVERYONE knows what Desean Jackson can do . Secondly its the pre-season and were without our leading WR (+Smith) , so teams can double him all day . Finally you finished 6-10 last year and signed no real game changers . BTW , why is the amazing Rob Ryan getting scored on ? Seriously though I think Dallas does improve this year , maybe 8-8 .

  25. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 10:54 PM

    Maybe Aso was covering Roy Williams, though.

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    Then again, ol’ Roy scored a TD that game too hahaha

  26. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 11:01 PM

    When were not collecting INT’s we have 2 double digit sack machines , a great pass rushing DT , and 2 good run stoppers making life hell for your offense . Ok im done with you , on to winning teams, 6-10.

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    Kid, you’re trying to apply this year’s players to last year’s records. Like the Eagles, you have fundamental problems that will not be easily overcome.

  27. melonnhead says: Aug 27, 2011 11:19 PM

    @melonhead : Asomugha dont get picks cause no QB even dares throws near him , but you’ll find that out when Bryant or Austin gets shut down .Then you go to the other and Samuel picks it .

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    Don’t even get me started on the many ways the Cowboys have abused Asante Samuel. It’s not like the Cowboys AREN’T 5-2 against the Eagles since they signed him, you know. One INT in 7 games. Big whoop. Gerald Sensabaugh has 3 against the Eagles in the last two seasons.

  28. pjhurley5 says: Aug 28, 2011 12:32 AM

    @melonnhead – if you’re so knowledgeable then you’d know that Asomugha plays one ONE side exclusively, so analyzing the stat line for each receiver is completely pointless. It’s entirely possible that he covered both receivers for none or all of their catches. But without the actual facts don’t act like they torched him you homer.

    Oh and BTW at that point Oakland was implementing a new defense after the GREAT Rob Ryan coached them up SO well for the previous 5 seasons. Who does he coach for again?

  29. melonnhead says: Aug 28, 2011 12:42 AM

    @melonhead : First off EVERYONE knows what Desean Jackson can do

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    Uh huh, and everybody knows what he CAN’T do, too.

  30. melonnhead says: Aug 28, 2011 7:36 AM

    @melonnhead – if you’re so knowledgeable then you’d know that Asomugha plays one ONE side exclusively

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    Oh I see, so he’s limited. The offense dictates who he covers. Shoulda said so in the first place. The Cowboys could make him cover Kevin Ogletree all game. You can hardly blame Rob Ryan for being stuck with a guy that can only play one side of the field. He’s supposed to be the best corner in the NFL, I’d put him on the offense’s best guy every time. But since you can’t do that, I’d say that that “best cornerback in the NFL” crap is all fluff.

  31. melonnhead says: Aug 28, 2011 7:55 AM

    @ RolloLarson

    Being a 1970’s playa in 2011 has got to be hell, you dig?

  32. 1bigtex says: Aug 28, 2011 8:05 AM

    Regarding the Aso on Austin comments from the Raiders/Cowboys game a couple of years ago; Austin’s first catch that day was for 40+ while covered by…wait for it…Nnamdi.

  33. pjhurley5 says: Aug 28, 2011 10:08 AM

    @melonnhead – bottom line is you would love to have Nnamdi Asomugha on your team so quit being a sore loser and claiming he sucks and is “limited.” Would you claim that a tackle that can only play blind side really well is limited in a negative manner? Didn’t think so. To argue that Asomugha is not one of the top cornerbacks in the league on the basis of one game he had on a different team is pure ignorance. Oh, and as for your criticism of another comment for “trying to apply last season’s records to this season,” that is PRECISELY what you’re doing you hypocrite…except you’re applying records from TWO seasons ago.

    Also, @1bigtex…nobody is perfect so honestly who cares if he had one big catch while being covered by Asomugha? He could have had his entire stat line against Asomugha that game and I wouldn’t waver in saying he’s still one of the best in the game – even the great ones have bad outings…you’d have to be a fool to not recognize that.

  34. melonnhead says: Aug 28, 2011 10:23 AM

    Austin’s first catch that day was for 40+ while covered by…wait for it…Nnamdi.

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    I’ll be darned, sure was. Austin absolutely torched Aso with a double move on that play. Look it up on Youtube, search for “Tony Romo V. Raiders Week 12 Highlights”, it’s the first play.

  35. melonnhead says: Aug 28, 2011 11:31 AM

    @melonnhead – bottom line is you would love to have Nnamdi Asomugha on your team so quit being a sore loser and claiming he sucks and is “limited.” Would you claim that a tackle that can only play blind side really well is limited in a negative manner? Didn’t think so. To argue that Asomugha is not one of the top cornerbacks in the league

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    I didn’t say that he sucks. I didn’t even say that he’s not a top corner in the league, I said that he’s limited, and if he can only play one side of the field, then he IS limited because the offense can dictate who he covers and who he doesn’t cover. Sorry, but that’s a dealbreaker for me. Can’t see how you can be the “best” at the position with that limitation.
    Of course I’d love to have him on the team, but wouldn’t you love to have five Super Bowl wins, Captain Obvious?

  36. melonnhead says: Aug 28, 2011 11:59 AM

    Oh, and as for your criticism of another comment for “trying to apply last season’s records to this season,” that is PRECISELY what you’re doing you hypocrite

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    Actually I’m not. I didn’t say anything close to “we got Aso and you are 6-10″. I made mention of the last time Austin and Asomugha played each other. If you can’t see the difference, then you’re “limited” too.

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