IRVING, Texas Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is still urging NFL fans to pull the plug on cable, especially those who want to see next week's NFC showdown of 10-1 teams on NFL Network.
The Cowboys and Green Bay Packers both won Thanksgiving Day, a week before they play for the outright NFC lead.
The NFL Network has been in a dispute with large cable providers who don't carry the network on a basic tier. The network is available in about 35 million of the nation's more than 111 million homes with televisions.
"I am frustrated that we've got literally several million fans that won't get to see that game because Time Warner won't be carrying it," Jones said in the locker room after the Cowboys' 34-3 victory Thursday over the New York Jets. "I'm hot about that. I hope those fans will go to AT&T satellite or go over to a competing cable company."
Time Warner is the primary cable provider in the Dallas area.
Jones is the outspoken chairman of the league's NFL Network committee. His comments came just three days after Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, sent a cease-and-desist letter to the NFL Network demanding the channel's representatives stop encouraging fans to leave the cable provider.
"I know I have been given a cease and desist to quit saying that, but that is a fact," Jones said. "It's frustrating to think millions of Cowboys and Packers fans won't be able to see it."Fans in the local markets will be able to see the game. NFL rules require that games televised on cable must be made available to an over-the-air provider in the home market cities.
SINGLETARY STAYS PUT: Mike Singletary is staying with the 49ers for now. Singletary pulled himself from consideration for the Baylor head coaching opening Thursday. He said he wasn't offered the job at his alma mater. "For me, it never got to that point," said Singletary, who met with Baylor officials for five hours Tuesday. The Hall of Fame linebacker has stirred interest for head coaching jobs in the NFL the last two years, and there are expected to be plenty of openings after this season.
HENRY STILL SIDELINED: Broncos running back Travis Henry will miss his third straight game Sunday at Chicago with a left knee injury. Backup Selvin Young practiced on a limited basis Friday because of a strained right knee and will be a game-time decision. He's listed as questionable. Henry, who partially tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee against Detroit on Nov. 4, is also battling the flu.
POLAMALU, HOLMES OUT: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Santonio Holmes won't play Monday against Miami after missing practice Friday for a third consecutive day. Polamalu (sprained knee) and Holmes (sprained ankle) were listed as doubtful at best by coach Mike Tomlin earlier in the week, and neither was expected to play.
WRIGHT OUT: Browns rookie cornerback Eric Wright will miss Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with a sprained right knee he insists is not as seriously injured as has been reported. Wright got hurt on Cleveland's first defensive play last week in Baltimore.
BILLS LYNCH OUT: Bills rookie running back Marshawn Lynch will miss his second consecutive game because of a badly sprained left ankle when Buffalo plays at Jacksonville on Sunday. Lynch, the Bills top offensive threat, was ruled out by head coach Dick Jauron after he missed his third practice on Friday.
McNABB DOUBTFUL: Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is doubtful to start against New England after missing his third straight practice Friday because of a sprained ankle and injured thumb. A.J. Feeley, who led the Eagles to a pair of touchdowns in a 17-7 win over the Dolphins, would start if McNabb can't play.
PANTHERS AILING: Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble is doubtful for Sunday's game against New Orleans with a broken right thumb, while linebacker Thomas Davis is questionable after missing practice Friday with a foot injury. Coach John Fox provided no details on Davis, who starts at outside linebacker. Davis practiced the previous two days.