UPDATE 3:24 pm
Statement from Jerry Jones:
We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown. 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.
The Dallas Cowboys have confirmed that practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in the fatal accident involving Josh Brent.
Update 1:57 p.m.: According to police, Brent was heading westbound on the 1400 block of the service road of East State Highway 114 at a high rate of speed. His car “hit the outside curb,” flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road.
Brent was responsive and talking to officers when police arrived, authorities said. Brown, the passenger, was unresponsive and rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Brent was given a sobriety test and failed, according to police. He was taken to a hospital where his blood was drawn. He was then taken to the Irving City Jail and booked with a second degree felony charge.
It is not immediately clear what his blood alcohol content was.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brown family, as well as the Dallas Cowboys organization.
Cowboys starting DT Josh Brent will not be making the trip with the team for their game against the Cincinnati Bengals for tomorrow’s Sunday matchup, as he is currently being held on charges of intoxication manslaughter in Irving, Texas. He was booked at 4:14 a.m. local time. The Irving Police Department confirmed that Brent is being processed on the manslaughter charge, and that he also apparently had a previous DUI during his college career. In June 2009, Brent was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days as part of a plea agreement stemming from a drunken driving arrest in Illinois.
ESPN had a nice write-up of Bent, who has started five games this year with Jay Ratliff out with injury.
One of the more productive players for the Cowboys this season has been backup nose tackle Josh Brent. In the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday night, Brent forced a fumble
Out of 28 snaps on Sunday night, Brent had two tackles, faced constant double-teams and of course forced the fumble. Brent is getting extensive playing time with Jay Ratliff out with a groin injury for the second consecutive game.