Dallas Cowboys practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a one-car accident Saturday, and teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The crash occurred at 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas. Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped, police said.
Brown, 25, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and arrested him.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a news release. “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 Cowboys play the Bengals today in Cincinnati.
Brent, a nose tackle who played football at the University of Illinois, was arrested in February 2009 on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and speeding, according to Champaign County, Ill., court records. He pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, two years of probation, 200 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine.
Brown, a St. Louis native, played for San Antonio in the Arena Football League this year. The Cowboys signed him to their practice squad Oct. 24.
Belcher video released
Police released video that shows officers finding Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher asleep in his car just hours before he killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and later shot himself.
The recording was among two dashboard videos made available by police nearly a week after the murder-suicide. The second video shows an officer responding to Arrowhead Stadium, where Belcher shot himself in front of team officials shortly after killing Perkins at her home Dec. 1.
The first video shows officers finding Belcher asleep in his parked car around 3 a.m. that day outside an apartment complex. Officers talk to him, and he identifies himself as a Chiefs player.
Police said he was cooperative and told officers he was there to visit a woman but that she wasn’t home.
The video shows Belcher later stepping out of his car and thanking officers, saying he’s going to go upstairs.
Bengals activate center
The Cincinnati Bengals activated center Kyle Cook off the injured reserve list, making him eligible to play today against the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium.
Cincinnati waived receiver Armon Binns, who played in eight games, starting two, and had 18 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown.
Cook hurt his right ankle during the final preseason game and needed surgery.
The Bengals (7-5) need a win against the Cowboys (6-6) to stay in the playoff chase.
Packers on mend
The Green Bay Packers will try to stay atop the NFC North without five starters in today’s home game against the Detroit Lions. The team has ruled out linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), safety Charles Woodson (collarbone), receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), running back James Starks (knee) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (knee) against its NFC North rival.
Keller to miss game
New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller will miss today’s game at Jacksonville because of a sprained left ankle.
Keller injured his ankle last Sunday in the Jets’ 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
The Jets will also be without backup defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle).
Backup quarterback Tim Tebow, recovering from two broken ribs, was expected to be a game-time decision.