Play­ers back to prac­tice af­ter me­mo­rial ser­vice

Cow­boys move for­ward af­ter mourn­ing Brown.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - States­man.com By stephen Hawkins

to a 16-0 reg­u­lar sea­son.

When asked if he sees any sim­i­lar­i­ties in the Pa­tri­ots and 49ers, Moss was guarded.

“I don’t really want to get into all that be­cause what­ever I say is go­ing to be the wrong thing to say,” he said. “So, ba­si­cally, I’ll leave it at, I’ve still got love and re­spect iRV­iNG — The cor­ner locker as­signed to Jerry Brown at the Dal­las Cow­boys fa­cil­ity re­mained un­touched Wed­nes­day.

A day af­ter a pri­vate me­mo­rial ser­vice for Brown, the prac­tice squad mem­ber killed in a car ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a team­mate, his Cow­boys hel­met hung on a hook be­low a shelf with sev­eral pairs of cleats. Tow­els marked with his No. 53 were folded on the bench right next to a copy of the team’s itin­er­ary from last week.

For the Cow­boys, it was back to prac­tice as they took their next steps af­ter the tragedy and started prepa­ra­tions for Sun­day’s home game against Pitts­burgh.

“It was hard last week ini­tially. But this week, it’s been up­beat. Guys are get­ting their en­ergy back,” de­fen­sive tackle Ja­son Hatcher said. “I’m back to be­ing me, mak­ing peo­ple laugh, be­ing the guy I am. We had a good day to­day. Hopefully we can have an­other one to­mor­row and the next day and get ready for the Steel­ers.”

The Cow­boys won their game Sun­day at Cincin­nati, about 36 hours af­ter Brown was the pas­sen­ger in a one-car ac­ci­dent for which nose tackle Josh Brent, his col­lege team­mate and close friend, is fac­ing an in­tox­i­ca­tion manslaugh­ter charge. The car Brent was driv­ing flipped over and Brown was later de­clared dead at a hospi­tal. for the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots. … But now I’m a 49er so, like I said, hopefully we go up there Sun­day night and we give it a good game.”

Brent, who is free on bond, was placed Wed­nes­day on the re­serve/non-foot­ball ill­ness list by the Cow­boys, a move that ends his sea­son but al­lows him to re­main with the team.

“I think we want to be able to con­tact him and him be­ing able to con­tact his team­mates,” Cow­boys ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Stephen Jones said from an NFL own­ers meet­ing be­ing held at a ho­tel not far from Val­ley Ranch.

NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell said teams are ul­ti­mately re­spon­si­ble for such ros­ter moves and that in this case, “it was the right de­ci­sion.”

Asked about pos­si­ble NFL dis­ci­pline against Brent, Good­ell said the league would let the le­gal process move for­ward a lit­tle bit to get more clar­ity on that. The com­mis­sioner gave no time­frame on when he an­tic­i­pated speak­ing with Brent.

“The best thing for Josh Brent and for ev­ery­one in­volved in this thing is that he’s a part of the Dal­las Cow­boys in some way, shape or form, and he feels the love that we have for him and the sup­port that we have for him,” coach Ja­son Gar­rett said.

Full­back Lawrence Vick­ers, whose locker is next to Brent’s, echoed Hatcher and Gar­rett that the team is there to sup­port Brent.

“You’ve just got to be there for your brother in a time of need. This is one of those times,” Vick­ers said. “This is an is­sue that we all have to deal with, but he has to deal with it even more.”

Brent was with Brown’s fam­ily at the me­mo­rial ser­vice.

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