Josh Brent arrested after crash kills Cowboys player
- By Dan Hanzus
- Around the League Writer
- Updated: Dec. 8, 2012 at 03:46 p.m
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested Saturday on an intoxication manslaughter charge connected to the death of Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr., Irving, Texas, police confirmed to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Irving police confirmed Brent is being processed on the charge, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. Police said Brent is scheduled to be arraigned Sunday.
According to a report released by Irving police, Brent was behind the wheel after 2 a.m., traveling at a high rate of speed when his vehicle hit a curb, causing it to flip at least once before coming to rest in the middle of a service road. When officers arrived on the scene, Brent was responsive and able to speak. Brown, 25, was unresponsive and transferred to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Cowboys confirmed Brown's death ahead of the team's key Sunday matchup against the Bengals. Brent, a promising nose tackle, had been in line to start in place of injured veteran Jay Ratliff.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement of condolence:
"We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown," the statement read. "At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry's family and all of those who knew him and loved him."
Brent and Brown were college teammates at Illinois and were living together, a team source told Rapoport. Brent is in his third season with the Cowboys. Brown was signed to the Cowboys practice squad on Oct. 24. He was previously on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad before his Oct. 20 release.