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Cowboys’ Hot Routes: Linebacker’s wife has Olympic medal

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jasper Brinkley is married to track standout Kellie Wells, the bronze medalist in the 100 hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jasper Brinkley is married to track standout Kellie Wells, the bronze medalist in the 100 hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics. Star-Telegram

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jasper Brinkley is in his seventh NFL season, but he might not be the most successful athlete in his house. His wife, Kellie Wells, won the bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the London Olympics in 2012.

Wells has her medal on display at the couple’s house in Dallas.

“I think it’s even. We challenge each other at everything, and I mean everything,” Brinkley said. “Who can tie shoes better. Who can do everything. It’s crazy. We’re so competitive. I also have an identical twin, so I grew up being competitive. It’s crazy.”

Wells refuses to race Brinkley, though Brinkley concedes he would probably lose. “I know she would get me if there were hurdles,” he said. The couple is expecting a baby boy Dec. 25.

Here are the five things he likes about being married to another professional athlete:

1. “The competitiveness.”

2. “The love.”

3. “The understanding of each other’s job.”

4. “Support definitely.”

5. “Having athletic kids. That’s definitely a plus to it. We also want to bring them up the right way.”

Field of nightmares?

Coach Jason Garrett doesn’t like the word “concern,” but he admits having some about the Levi’s Stadium turf. The Cowboys play the 49ers on Sunday.

“We’re going to go up there, and we’re going to go over to the stadium once we get there, before we go over to the hotel, and have a little bit of a walk-through, and we’ll take a peek at it,” Garrett said. “But it sounds like it has been an issue, and they’re trying to address it as best they can. We’re going to play a game on Sunday afternoon, so we’ve got to figure it out. Hopefully they’ve taken care of their end of it.”

Last year, in the first year of the 49ers’ $1.2 billion stadium, the sod fell apart. The 49ers replaced the natural grass playing field twice before the 2014 season even started.

The same problems have persisted this year, with the 49ers moving six of eight training-camp practices originally scheduled for Levi’s to their usual practice fields. The grass field was replaced after an Aug. 15 Taylor Swift concert in the stadium, and the re-sodding wasn’t completed until late Wednesday.

Garrett was reminded of the 1994 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park when the field became mushy after several days of rain.

“There were a lot of issues with Candlestick,” Garrett said. “I remember they used kitty litter on the field one year and all of that. But that’s the nature of it, and we talk about be your best regardless of circumstance, so what’s our role in this whole thing? Make sure your cleats are right. Our equipment guys do a fantastic job. ‘Players get out there early. Make sure you’ve got the right gear on so you can go be your best.’

“I’m confident that the league will make sure that field is safe for everybody to play or we won’t play the game.”

He said it

“DeMo will show you.” — Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown during a drill, calling Darren McFadden (D-Mac) by DeMarco Murray’s nickname, quickly realizing his mistake and apologizing.

Injury report

LB Rolando McClain (right knee): PUP

OT Chaz Green (hip): PUP

G Zack Martin (stinger): Out until after San Francisco game

LB Mark Nzeocha (knee): non-football injury

OT Tyron Smith (biceps): Out until after San Francisco game

CB Byron Jones (left shoulder): Day-to-day

DT Terrell McClain (knee/hamstring): Day-to-day

DE Kenneth Boatright (neck): Returned to Dallas for further evaluation; out indefinitely

WR Dez Bryant (hamstring): Out until after San Francisco game

DL Lavar Edwards (back): Day-to-day

TE James Hanna (left knee): Day-to-day

RB Gus Johnson (separated shoulder): Day-to-day

LB Anthony Hitchens (foot): Day-to-day

S Barry Church (ribs): Day-to-day

TE Gavin Escobar (concussion): Has to pass concussion protocol

OG Ron Leary (back): Day-to-day

RB Joseph Randle (oblique): Day-to-day

DT Nick Hayden (ribs): Day-to-day