Don't expect Cowboys to sign center soon

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys aren't in panic mode about their backup center situation.

The plan was to prepare Kyle Kosier to slide over to center in case something happened to Andre Gurode. Wade Phillips said he still feels confident that Kosier can play center in a pinch even though Kosier has never had a game rep at the position and will miss the next four to six weeks while recovering from a sprained MCL in his right knee.

The Cowboys plan to evaluate undrafted rookie Phil Costa for at least another game or two before deciding whether they need to pursue other options at the position.

It's likely that the Cowboys would wait until after final cuts the first week of September if they sign another center. The front office doesn't see a good fit who is available right now.

The Cowboys are still not interested in unemployed eight-time Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae. They put the 39-year-old Mawae in the same category as Flozell Adams -- old offensive linemen who had outstanding careers, as in past tense. They believe Mawae's ability has declined significantly despite him being voted into the Pro Bowl the last two seasons.