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Dec 8, 2012 6:54 PM by Bill Halter

Dallas Cowboys player dies, another goes to jail

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a one-car accident early Saturday and teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter.

According to Irving police, Brent's car was traveling at a high rate of speed on a State Highway 114 service road before it hit the outside curb at approximately 2:30 a.m. The car flipped at least one time and skidded an estimated 900 feet before coming to rest in the middle of the service road, police said.

Brent was trying to drag Brown from the vehicle, a Mercedes, which was on fire when officers arrived on the scene. Officers quickly put out the small blaze. Brown was unresponsive and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Brent and Brown were teammates at Illinois. Brent was arrested in February 2009 near the school's campus and four months later pleaded guilty to DUI. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and two years of probation. Court records show he successfully completed his probation in July 2011.

The team said in a statement that Brent was not on the team flight to Cincinnati, where the Cowboys play the Bengals on Sunday.

Brent, a nose guard, has played in all 12 games this season. He made his first career start in the season opener and has 35 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.

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