Center Andre Gurode is still around

OXNARD, Calif. -- In the last two weeks, the Cowboys lost two offensive linemen, Kyle Kosier and Marc Colombo, to knee injuries.

Both are expected back for the early stages of the regular season.

Of the projected starters on that offensive line, center Andre Gurode has the longest tenure with the Cowboys at nine seasons. Leonard Davis enters his 10th NFL season, but he spent six years in Arizona.

Gurode has been a durable player. He's started every game since 2006, when he became the full-time starter at that position.

He didn't miss a game in 2007 after getting stomped in the face by then-Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who is now with the Redskins. Gurode received 30 stitches to his forehead and face as a result of the injuries.

The last time Gurode missed time due to an injury was 2004 when he missed two games with a sprained knee. Before that he missed two more games with a sprained toe in 2002.

"I would say to God be the glory for the health," said Gurode, 31. "A lot of praying and it's knowing how to work out here and take care of yourself. You never know. You got to enjoy it and be careful."

Gurode has reached the Pro Bowl every year he's been a starter, but last year might not have been his best season.

Line coach Hudson Houck said Gurode needed to play with more technique -- instead of powering over defenders, trying to maneuver them with footwork, hand placement and arm length.

"This is a game of what have you done for me lately," he said. "You have a lot of work to do, a lot of areas to improve in, and Hud has been working on me to work on those areas."