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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Plane ride is quiet for Cowboys

By Calvin Watkins

CINCINNATI -- The Cowboys' plane ride to Cincinnati was quiet after the team learned of the death of practice squad player Jerry Brown on Saturday afternoon.

Cowboys officials cleared the team's charter of non-team personnel, which also included the broadcast crew, sponsors and some media members, so coach Jason Garrett could tell the team about the death of Brown.

Earlier, Garrett spoke to the team at Valley Ranch following a Saturday morning walkthrough but wasn't allowed to tell the players Brown had died because his family hadn't been informed.

Once the family was told about Brown's passing, about 10 minutes before the team was scheduled to leave, the Garrett addressed the team.

"It's not what you expect," backup linebacker Alex Albright said Saturday night from the team hotel. "Everyone is pretty quiet and checking themselves really inside (on) how we're all going to get over this."

Added secondary coach Jerome Henderson on how he was feeling: "I've been better."

Garrett spoke to the team Saturday night, and Albright said the message was positive.

"We're all just trying to get focused for tomorrow," Albright said. "Guys are really just focused on football and coach did a good job of addressing, we need to remember Jerry and what's happened, but our season is still on the line and we still need to go forward and work toward that season we want to have."