NFL: Emotional win for Dallas Cowboys after Jerry Brown's death
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones paid tribute to practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown after he died in a car accident.
Last Updated: 12/12/12 8:33am
Defensive lineman Josh Brent, who was driving, was meant to start the game but has been bailed by police after failing a breathalyser test.
Brent, who has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, commented as he left prison: "Jerry Brown was my dear best friend. I'm just trying to deal with his death right now."
The teams held a moment of silence to honour team-mate Brown before kick-off and there will be a memorial for him when the team return to Dallas on Tuesday.
Head coach Jason Garrett said: "It's been really emotional for everybody and as head coach of the team, I have to talk to the team and I have to inform them what happened, give them the news and also try and offer some perspective."
Dallas teammate Tony Romo added: "You go through a lot together and that was a very, and still is, a very difficult thing that this football team is dealing with."
Garrett advised his team that the best way to honour Brown was to play well in a game with playoff implications for both teams.
Dallas owner Jerry Jones, said: "Jerry, in the short time he was here, was loved by his team-mates. They were real close, especially that area of our team is very close, the defensive line, so it's been quite a situation of grieving.
"All of our team is concerned for Josh and we will support him in every way that we can."