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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Andre Gurode will not play tonight

By Calvin Watkins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cowboys starting center Andre Gurode will not play in Saturday night's game at the Minnesota Vikings.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Gurode made the trip here and was told the team is holding him out for a business decision. Gurode, who missed the start of training camp while he recovered from minor knee surgery, is healthy according to Jones.

The Cowboys will start third-string center Kevin Kowalski in Gurode's place. The backup to Gurode, Phil Costa, is out two-to-four weeks as he recovers from a knee injury.

Jones said Costa is expected to be ready for the season opener, Sept. 11 at the New York Jets.

Gurode's agent, Kennard McGuire, was unavailable for comment.

The Cowboys might ask Gurode to take a paycut or seek a possible trade. Jones said the team will speak with Gurode and his agent when the team returns to Dallas on Sunday.

More to come.