Starting left guard Nate Livings had to deal with the emotions of losing two teammates and also his return to Cincinnati, where he spent his first six NFL seasons before signing with the Cowboys this offseason as a free agent.
Livings was in his fourth year with the Bengals when teammate Chris Henry died on Dec. 17, 2009, a day after he either jumped or fell from the back of a moving pickup truck being driven by his fiancée, Loleini Tonga. The two had been involved in a dispute before Tonga got into the truck and Henry jumped in.
"It was hard one, man," Livings said. "When I was here in Cincy, we lost Chris Henry. I kinda knew how to adjust to it. I told some of the guys, 'Yeah it happened to us, but we can't sit up here and cry over spilled milk because (the opponent) is going to use that as blood in the water.' It's good we got that win, but now we can focus our attention on what happened (with the death of practice squad player Jerry Brown).
"It was a rough one, but I think this is something for us to build on. To be honest with you, it's going to make us stronger. We've just got to keep fighting and it's a sad situation, but I feel like it brought us together."