Cow­boys owner hon­ors Tex­ans’ McNair

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HOUS­TON — With a stir­ring ren­di­tion of “I’ll Fly Away” mark­ing the con­clu­sion of a me­mo­rial ser­vice for for­mer Hous­ton Tex­ans founder and owner Bob McNair, Dal­las Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones wiped tears from his eyes Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“It’s ironic that I’m get­ting emo­tional be­cause the only other time I ever teared up was right on this field when the Tex­ans and Bob kicked our butt in the first game that was ever played in this sta­dium,” Jones said, re­call­ing Hous­ton’s 19-10 win over the Cow­boys in their in­au­gu­ral game in 2002. “The Tex­ans put it on the Cow­boys and it was a glo­ri­ous night to be­gin the Tex­ans. Bob was so spe­cial.”

More than 1,000 of McNair’s friends, mem­bers of the Hous­ton and NFL com­mu­nity, play­ers and coaches past and present, gath­ered to pay re­spects and say good­bye to McNair, who brought the NFL back to Hous­ton for its in­au­gu­ral sea­son in 2002 af­ter the Oil­ers moved to Ten­nessee.

EA­GLES: Line­backer Kamu Grugier-Hill says he apol­o­gized to coach Doug Ped­er­son for trash-talk­ing the Dal­las Cow­boys ear­lier this week.

Grugier-Hill told a Philadel­phia tele­vi­sion re­porter on Wed­nes­day: “Look at Dal­las’ his­tory. They al­ways choke. So we’ll go down there and make them choke.”

The de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Ea­gles (6-6) visit the Cow­boys (7-5) on Sun­day with first place in the NFC East on the line.

Grugier-Hill wasn’t avail­able un­til Fri­day. He ex­pressed re­gret to Ped­er­son be­cause he said he put his coach “in a tough spot.”

“It’s a ri­valry game. I didn’t think too much about it. I didn’t mean to dis­re­spect this or­ga­ni­za­tion or coach Ped­er­son,” GrugierHill said.

Ped­er­son made it clear to the third-year player the com­ments were un­nec­es­sary.

“First of all, the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, my­self, we have a ton of re­spect for the Cow­boys,” Ped­er­son said. “It has noth­ing to do with that, we have a ton of re­spect for coach Gar­rett. … It’s un­for­tu­nate that the com­ments were made.”

BEARS: Chicago re­moved quar­ter­back Mitchell Tru­bisky from its in­jury list Fri­day, clear­ing the way for a start Sun­day night against the Los An­ge­les Rams.

Coach Matt Nagy said there should be no lim­i­ta­tions on Tru­bisky, who missed the last two games with a right shoul­der in­jury.

FAL­CONS: Af­ter miss­ing prac­tice Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day with a foot in­jury, wide re­ceiver Julio Jones had lim­ited par­tic­i­pa­tion on Fri­day and is ex­pected to play in Sun­day’s game at Green Bay.

JETS: line­backer Dar­ron Lee has been sus­pended four games by the NFL for vi­o­lat­ing its sub­stance abuse pol­icy.

The sus­pen­sion be­gins im­me­di­ately, mean­ing Lee will sit out the team’s fi­nal four games of the sea­son.

DOL­PHINS: NFL in­ter­cep­tion leader Xavien Howard was ruled out of Mi­ami’s game Sun­day against New Eng­land be­cause of a left knee in­jury, com­pound­ing the team’s chal­lenge fac­ing Tom Brady.

Cen­ter Jake Bren­del was also ruled out be­cause of a calf in­jury. Re­ceiver Danny Amendola, lim­ited in prac­tice all week, is ques­tion­able to play against his for­mer team.

Howard might be able to re­turn for next week’s game at Min­nesota, coach Adam Gase said Fri­day.

PACK­ERS: The Green Bay Pack­ers have three start­ing of­fen­sive line­men on the in­jury re­port for their game Sun­day against the At­lanta Fal­cons, with right tackle Bryan Bu­laga listed as doubt­ful to play.

Right guard Byron Bell, a for­mer New Mex­ico Lobo who also left the Ari­zona game with a knee in­jury, is ques­tion­able, as is left guard Lane Taylor. He has a foot in­jury.

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