Jerry Jones says “show” business with Cowboys minimizes any fan apathy

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that he’s not afraid of fan apathy because games such as Sunday’s 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers are “a show,” and he again outlined the reason he won’t hire a general manager.

When asked by KRLD/105.3 FM “The Fan” whether he worries about fan apathy, Jones said, “Not with games like the other day. That’s, you know, that’s a show, if you want to look at it that way. That’s not what we’re there to do. We’re there to win the ballgame and go forward and win the next ballgame.”

Asked by the host if the effect wears off after 10 or 15 years of “great shows that seem to end badly,” Jones said, “I’d like to have won another Super Bowl or two over the last 15 years. Our style is to go for it.”

Jones outlined what motivates his management style with the Cowboys.

“I do it on a risky basis. We go for it,” he said. “We put quite a bit of money in that defensive front. We thought that would be the strength of our team.”

Jones said hiring a general manager would be like duplicating work.

“Well, who in the world do you think that person, when they walk through the door and say we want to get this player and we want to pay this player, what in the world do you think I’m going to do? I’m going to sit down, and I’m going to go through it, and I’m going to say, ‘Show me the player. Show me everything about the player.’

“Well, rather than that have happen, I get involved and know everything there is to know about the players before they get to the door.”

Lee watch

The Cowboys are preparing to play their next two games without their defensive leader, Sean Lee, who has a sprained neck ligament. Lee said Monday he won’t return until he is fully healed, and there is no timetable.

The Cowboys also lost Lee’s replacement, Justin Durant, who re-injured his hamstring. That left rookie DeVonte Holloman, who missed much of this season with a neck injury, to fill in.

That has Jones “concerned” as the Cowboys face must-win games against the ninth- and second-ranked offenses in the league in Washington and Philadelphia.

“It’s glaring when he’s not out there, and has been glaring the last two ballgames,” Jones said on his radio show. “Every team loses key players. That’s the thing here is that we’ve lost players.”

Lee injured his neck on the first play Dec. 9 at Chicago. He played 47 of 72 snaps, leaving for good in the third quarter. A CT scan offered positive news the next day, but an MRI exam revealed a sprained ligament.

Lee, who said surgery is not necessary, will undergo more tests this week.

Cowboys add Spurlock

The Cowboys late Tuesday signed veteran receiver/special teams ace Micheal Spurlock, who reunites with special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. Spurlock played for Bisaccia in Tampa Bay and San Diego.

Spurlock was needed because receiver and return specialist Dwayne Harris has missed two of the last three games with a hamstring injury. Harris is doubtful for the Redskins game.

After placing Durant on injured reserve, the Cowboys signed former Texas A&M linebacker Jonathan Stewart to the practice squad. They have one open roster spot and could fill it before Wednesday’s practice.

The Cowboys re-signed linebacker Orie Lemon, who was released last week to make room for defensive end Edgar Jones, who returned off the IR/return list.

The team also released linebacker Kyle Bosworth and defensive tackle Drake Nevis, and released running back George Winn off the practice squad.

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