With injuries still mounting on the interior of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line and the backups looking like ... backups in Dallas' 3-0 win over the Oakland Raiders, the Cowboys are casting a wide net for help at guard and center.
Here's an idea of how wide that net is: It includes Andre Gurode, the former Cowboy Pro Bowler who was booted from the team last year for conditioning issues as well as his refusal to renegotiate his contract.
At least, that's what head coach Jason Garrett told reporters on Tuesday when discussing his offensive line:
"[Gurode] is on the short list," Garrett said. "A big thing with all of these guys who haven't been playing is what have they been doing. You always try to do your due diligence with that. We'll see. We're still talking about where he is or where anybody is, really."
Generously listed at 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, Gurode was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens after being cut by Dallas in the preseason. He appeared in 13 games for Baltimore in 2012, starting five.
The 33-year-old is not currently in a camp, but if he has kept himself in shape, he might be able to help a team that's desperately thin upfront, especially since he's already familiar with Garrett's playbook.