Jones, Switzer Reportedly Have Heated Discussion

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Jones, Switzer Reportedly Have Heated Discussion


Compiled From News Services, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday refused to say whether Barry Switzer would remain the team's coach in light of his arrest Monday for carrying a gun at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

"I'm not comfortable talking about any action that might be taken at this time," Jones said Tuesday. "Anything you read into that is sheer speculation, and I don't want to react or comment on anything, because it would give credence to it.

"The matter is disappointing, and it was a mistake that shouldn't have happened. It was an oversight, but it can't be overlooked. I feel strongly that we have to look at how the mistake is perceived and how it reflects on what we're about."

A source, who did not want to be identified, said there was a heated co nversation between Jones and Switzer in the hours after his arrest - including a discussion about whether Switzer would continue as coach. At one point, according to the source, Switzer remarked, "I just might resign."

On Tuesday, neither Switzer nor Jones would comment on the details of their conversations since the arrest. But the source said Switzer and Jones talked later Monday and again on Tuesday and that their current relationship is "fine."

Switzer said on Tuesday that he does plan to seek a permit to carry the gun an airport employee noticed after scanning it through an X-ray machine. Switzer had no gun permit when he was arrested.

Carrying a weapon into an airport is a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. However, Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Mike Parrish said such cases usually are handled as a misdemeanor if there are no prior felonies or weapons charges. Robert Mayfield, a county prosecutor, said no decision on charges would be made for a few days.

On the field, cornerback John Reece suffered a torn right Achilles' tendon and is expected to be out for the season. Reece, a second-year player out of Nebraska, had recently been cut by the Rams. He was picked up to help fill in for cornerbacks Wendell Davis (out two weeks with torn cartilage in his left knee) and Kenny Wheaton (out four weeks with a separated right shoulder).

Broncos: Denver quarterback John Elway, who has a ruptured biceps tendon in his right arm, might begin throwing later this week and probably will be ready for the season opener, coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday.

Elway was hurt Monday in the Broncos' 38-19 exhibition loss to Miami in Mexico City.

The Broncos open the regular season Aug. 31 against Kansas City. Shanahan said Elway could be ready as early as Denver's Aug. 17 exhibition game against New England. "I'm planning on playing in one more preseason game," said Elway, 37. "It's just a matter of getting the soreness out and going from there."

Seahawks: Defensive lineman Dan Saleaumua practiced with Seattle, a day after signing as a free agent.

Cut loose by the Chiefs recently because of salary cap limitations, Saleaumua agreed to a three-year deal with Seattle for about $4. …

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