The Dallas Cowboys released Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode Monday.
Gurode was a last-minute scratch from Saturday's game against the Vikings and was replaced by rookie free agent Kevin Kowalski. On Monday morning, he was not on the practice field at Valley Ranch, according to DallasCowboys.com blogger Nick Eatman.
By noon on Monday, Gurode's agent, Kennard McGuire, confirmed what many already speculated -- that Gurode had been cut. By releasing Gurode, the Cowboys will save about $5.5 million against the salary cap.
The Cowboys hope that Phil Costa can return from a PCL strain in time for the season opener on Sept. 11, Nick Eatman reported.
Before being cut, Gurode, who has played for Dallas since 2002, was the longest-tenured player on the team and had made the Pro Bowl the last five years.
Gurode is 33 and going into his 10th season. He's been durable, starting every game the last three seasons and all but two over the last five years. He had knee surgery in June.