CINCINNATI - As fate, cruel and otherwise, would have it, they rose above their weekend of grief and won a football game Sunday afternoon.
And when it was done, they carried linebacker Jerry Brown’s jersey - the No. 53 Dallas Cowboys jersey that he never got to wear - back to the locker room with them.
Along a row in the visitors’ locker room at Paul Brown Stadium, someone had affixed to one of the stalls a white strip of tape hand-printed with Brown’s name and number.
“I told our team that this is uncharted territory,” coach Jason Garrett said.