Brown to be hon­ored for rest of the sea­son

Cow­boys

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cer­tainly made a big play in the ball­game, and I think that’s a real trib­ute to his tough­ness and his love for the game.”

If Bryant ends up on in­jured re­serve, he will be the fifth Dal­las starter side­lined by a sea­so­nend­ing in­jury. The other four are de­fend­ers, and nickel cor­ner­back Or­lando Scan­drick is out for the year with a hand in­jury. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff has missed seven games with an­kle and groin in­juries.

Brent was set to make his fifth start in Ratliff’s place against the Ben­gals, but po­lice say he was speed­ing and drunk when the ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing clipped a curb and flipped in the Dal­las sub­urb of Irv­ing early Satur­day, hours be­fore he was to be on the team flight to Cincin­nati. Brown was found un­re­spon­sive at the scene and pro­nounced dead at a hospi­tal.

Gar­rett told the team about Brown’s death on the plane just be­fore take­off. The Cow­boys kept an empty locker for Brown in the vis­i­tor’s locker room at Paul Brown Sta­dium, and Ja­son Hatcher raised Brown’s No. 53 jersey over his head as he walked on the field af­ter Bai­ley’s win­ning kick.

“I think it’s the most emo­tional game that I’ve ever been a part of any­where, player, coach,” Gar­rett said Mon­day. “You’re try­ing to place life and foot­ball in some kind of con­text to­gether and it doesn’t really fit and you don’t really have a whole lot of time to kind of process it.”

Gar­rett said the Cow­boys “ab­so­lutely” will carry Brown’s death with them for the rest of the sea­son and be­yond. But they still have the post­sea­son to pur­sue. Dal­las is still a game be­hind Chicago and Seat­tle for the two wild-card spots in the NFC, and the New York Giants stayed a game ahead in the NFC East by beat­ing New Or­leans.

“It was dif­fi­cult for us to do it in Cincin­nati, but it’s just the re­al­ity of life,” Gar­rett said. “We have to con­tinue to move on. We have to honor Jerry. We have to help Josh any way that we can. But then we have to get back to work.”

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