Jerry Jones: Our team is grieving

CINCINNATI -- For a few hours the Cowboys will be focused on football, but the reality of their situation is two teammates are no longer with them.

Nose tackle Josh Brent is in jail and Jerry Brown is gone forever. Brent crashed his car early Saturday morning and was charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was not made available to reporters prior to Sunday's game with the Cincinnati Bengals. However, he did speak with Fox Sports.

"Well first of all, I think that our team is grieving, and they know that," Jones told Fox. "They also know that they can handle that better if they will go out and do their work and do it to the top of their abilities. So it is a way for them to respond and to some degree, I am sure that many of them are proud that they have this to do this afternoon."

Out of respect to the tragedy, the Cowboys canceled their annual Christmas party, scheduled for Monday at Cowboys Stadium, and instead plan on having a memorial service for Brown early next week. Details are still being worked out.

Jones has also spoken to Brown's mother, who lives in the Chicago area. Funeral arraignments for Brown, who most likely will be buried in St. Louis, are pending, according to his fiancées' grandmother, Cora Daniel.

"Well for the last few hours our focus has been on Jerry Brown," Jones said. "Our team loved him. They certainly are conscious of him and want his family to know and have as much of them as they can give. At the same time, they know that one of the best things they can do for him and his memory is to come to the game today, is go out and play well."