Jones’ ra­dio show filled with curses

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Jerry Jones tried rip­ping the coach­ing staff of the Cow­boys af­ter the first loss in the cur­rent three-game skid, then took the gen­tle ap­proach fol­low­ing the sec­ond.

The team’s owner and gen­eral man­ager looked mad at the world on an em­bar­rass­ing night in Chicago and didn’t seem to care the Cow­boys were still in first place in the NFC East af­ter a 31-24 loss to the Bears that wasn’t nearly that close.

“Un­til we can win a foot­ball game, I don’t care what kind of con­tention we’re in,” Jones said Thurs­day. “We’ve got to start play­ing and win­ning a foot­ball game so that we can play bet­ter than we played tonight.”

The anger was still ev­i­dent a day later when Jones didn’t like the way his ra­dio show started Fri­day and cursed sev­eral times. He ap­peared to hang up af­ter one of the ex­ple­tives, but it was ex­plained that the sys­tem cut off the call be­cause of the lan­guage. Jones was re­con­nected, and the mood wasn’t much lighter for the rest of the show.

“Now, go on with your ques­tion, but I’m go­ing to give you the an­swer I’m go­ing to give you this morn­ing,” Jones said early in the call. “I don’t like your at­ti­tude. I’ve been trav­el­ing all night and I don’t have the pa­tience to jack with you to­day.”

The Cow­boys (6-7) have never made the play­offs in a sea­son with two los­ing streaks of at least three games. The first skid came af­ter a 3-0 start. De­spite seven losses in 10 games, the Cow­boys will be no worse than tied with the Ea­gles for the NFC East lead with three games left.

Just as he did af­ter a Thanks­giv­ing loss to the Bills, Jones said he wasn’t go­ing to fire coach Ja­son Gar­rett be­fore the end of the sea­son.

LBs out for Saints: The Saints have ruled out start­ing lineback­ers A.J Klein (knee) and Kiko Alonso (thigh) for Sun­day’s matchup vs. the 49ers. Both were in­jured in a win over the Fal­cons on Thanks­giv­ing night.

The 49ers’ rush­ing offense is ranked No. 2 in the NFL, av­er­ag­ing 148 yards a game on the ground. With both teams sit­ting at 10-2, Sun­day’s game could de­cide the top seed of the NFC and home-field ad­van­tage.

Jones misses another prac­tice: Gi­ants QB Daniel Jones missed his third straight prac­tice be­cause of a sprained right an­kle, mak­ing it likely Eli Man­ning will re­turn as the starter on Mon­day night against the Ea­gles.

Jones was hurt Sun­day in a loss to the Pack­ers. The sixth over­all pick in last spring’s draft fin­ished the game but his in­jury pre­vented him from work­ing out this week.

Man­ning, 38, has taken the ma­jor­ity of snaps in prac­tice with Alex Tan­ney get­ting the leftovers. Jones has worn a boot on his an­kle most of the week.

Man­ning started the open­ing two games of the reg­u­lar sea­son — losses to Cow­boys and Bills.

Coach Pat Shur­mur re­placed the two-time Su­per Bowl MVP with Jones, who then led the Gi­ants to two straight wins. The Gi­ants have lost eight in a row.

Chief con­cern: The run­ning game for the Chiefs is in a bit of trou­ble head­ing into Sun­day’s game against the Pa­tri­ots, as they will be with­out two of their top three run­ning backs.

The Chiefs ruled Damien Wil­liams out be­cause of a rib in­jury af­ter plac­ing Dar­rel Wil­liams on in­jured re­serve be­cause of a ham­string in­jury ear­lier this week.

The in­juries leave LeSean McCoy, rookie Dar­win Thomp­son and Spencer Ware avail­able. McCoy, 31, is the lead­ing rusher for the Chiefs, while Thomp­son, 23, got his first dose of ex­tended play­ing time last week and Ware, 28, signed this week.

Ex­tra points: The Colts will be with­out K Adam Vi­natieri and Pro Bowl WR T.Y. Hil­ton on Sun­day against the Buc­ca­neers. Vi­natieri, 46, and the NFL’s ca­reer scor­ing leader didn’t work out Thurs­day or Fri­day be­cause of a left knee in­jury. Hil­ton, 30, will miss his fifth game in six weeks with a calf in­jury . ... The Jets are ex­pected to be with­out Ja­mal Adams (an­kle) and Brian Poole (con­cus­sion) in their sec­ondary Sun­day against the Dol­phins. Adams, 24, and Poole, 27 were in­jured in last Sun­day’s loss to the Ben­gals.

MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP

Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones hasn’t had much to smile about lately.

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