Dallas Cowboys players bowed their heads and some of them placed their hands over their hearts during a moment of silence Sunday for a teammate killed in a car accident a day earlier in Texas.
Owner Jerry Jones described his team as grieving before the kickoff of a game against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium that had playoff implications for both teams. The Cowboys learned on their flight to Cincinnati on Saturday that linebacker Jerry Brown had died in an accident overnight.
Defensive lineman Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter in Irving, Texas, for the early morning accident.
“First of all, I think that our team is grieving and they know that,” Jones told Fox for its pregame broadcast. “They also know that they can handle that better if they will go out and do their work and do it to the top of their abilities.”
Brent says he’s “just trying to deal” with the death of his teammate and “very best friend.”
Brent was released from jail in the Dallas suburb of Irving after posting $500,000 bond Sunday, a day after police say he was drunk and speeding when the vehicle he was driving clipped a curb and flipped.
Kluwe expresses support for Guy
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe continued his campaign to get punter Ray Guy into the Hall of Fame by writing “Vote Ray Guy” on his jersey patch commemorating the Hall of Fame. Kluwe wrote the message in protest of the fact that there are no punters in the hall.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano was back at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for his third straight game. Pagano, who has spent the past 2 1/2 months fighting leukemia, completed his third and final round of chemotherapy earlier this week. The hope is to have Pagano back on the sideline for the regular-season finale Dec. 30 against Houston. … Buffalo running back Fred Jackson hurt his right leg in the loss to St. Louis and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain. … Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles returned at Cleveland after a rib injury knocked him out for one series. The Chiefs, though, lost receiver Dwayne Bowe to a rib injury in the first half. … San Francisco DT Demarcus Dobbs went down with a right knee injury against the Dolphins.