Posted on August 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Monday, Jul 23 at 2:16 PM
ARLINGTON, TX - The Cowboys continued their training camp in North Texas today and since it was raining at Valley Ranch this morning, they moved their practice indoors to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Several players return to practice including center Andre Guorde who had arthroscopic surgery on his knee this summer. Gurode quickly regained his starting spot ahead of Phil Costa who was bumped off the first team.
"Costa is going to play a lot for the Cowboys -- now. Now," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, emphasizing the word the second time. "Boy I am glad we've got him. I don't know if anyone has had a better preseason than he's had. I put him right there at the top, from my perspective, of preseason work and how impressed we've been with him."
Costa has taken control of the job from the start. Coaches praise his leadership in the huddle and at the line, recognizing what the defense is trying to do and passing along that information to the rest of the line.
Gurode seemed to pick up right where he left off. "We try to practice with a great tempo and we believe the center and the quarterback have a lot to do with everybody practicing at a great tempo," Garrett said.
"So he needs to get up to speed with us, and he understands that. As practice wore on, I thought he did a good job of hanging in there and really setting the pace for us. He needs to continue to do that. He needs a lot of work, but he's an awfully good football player and it's good to have him back."
As for his injury, Gurode said the knee is getting better and better every day. "I felt like I wasn't as sharp as I should have been, but I was happy to be back out there with the guys," he said.
Nose tackle Jay Ratliff and cornerback Michael Jenkins also returned to practice Saturday. Both could play against San Diego a week from Sunday.
Jones also said he's close to announcing the next member of the teams' Ring of Honor. He said an announcement will be made within 10 days. Everyone believes that Drew Pearson is next in line but Jones hinted that he could announce more than one honoree.