The NFL is going to try to get back on television when the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans meet again.
But it won’t be for at least the next week.
The league announced Thursday that the game would be postponed to Oct. 12.
The Cowboys will be in Nashville next week and then return to the Tennessee Titans’ practice facility in Memphis for a three-day mini-camp on Friday.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
“I hope we get this thing over with.
I hope we make the playoffs.
We have to get through this together.”
Jones made the announcement just days after the Titans won a playoff game for the first time in 16 years.
It was their first playoff victory since 2005.
It also came just two weeks after Jones had a phone conversation with team owner Bud Adams about the possibility of reopening the game.
That conversation ended in the Titans agreeing to move the game to another date, and the league is still investigating the possibility.
The NFL and Tennessee have been negotiating for a new deal for more than two months.
That deal, which includes the Titans holding onto the rights to the stadium and the Cowboys the option to move it, was the first to expire in 2016.
But after the NFL and the NFL Players Association reached a deal that ended the stalemate, the NFL suspended negotiations for two weeks.
The suspension gave the Titans more time to find a new home.
After two months of negotiations, the Titans and the players’ association struck a new contract with a price tag that was in the $1 billion range, and they have since been negotiating with a new team.
The new deal gives the Titans an additional $400 million for the stadium.
“We’re in a very difficult position right now because of the way this has played out,” Jones said Thursday.
“As a sports organization, we’re in the middle of this.
The Cowboys and Titans last met in Week 5. “
If we can get it done right, we can be back to the playoffs.”
The Cowboys and Titans last met in Week 5.
They were playing for a bye.
But the Titans blew a 16-point lead in the second half of the game and fell behind 17-7.
The Titans took a 14-7 lead into the locker room in the fourth quarter.
The final play of the fourth-quarter game was a punt by Tennessee linebacker Antonio Morrison that bounced off the back of the end zone.
“You’re going to be disappointed, but that’s what happens when you play the best football team in the NFL,” Titans defensive end Marcell Dareus said.
“(We had) a chance to win that game.
We’re disappointed in the way we lost that game.”