The Dallas Cowboys are reeling in the wake of an alcohol-related one-car accident that left a practice squad player dead and the team’s starting nose tackle charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Jerry Brown, a defensive player who appeared in one game this year before being assigned to the practice squad, was pronounced dead early Saturday morning following an Irving, Texas car crash in which teammate Josh Price-Brent was driving, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Police said Price-Brent was intoxicated and speeding when his car hit a curb at 2:20 a.m. local time and rolled over at least once. The vehicle came to rest in the middle of the road.
Price-Brent was responsive when police arrived, but failed a field sobriety test and was charged shortly after 4:00 a.m. with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony, after doctors pronounced the 25-year-old Brown dead at a Dallas area hospital.
Police reportedly drew blood from Price-Brent, but it is not clear what his blood-alcohol level was.
Price-Brent and Brown were teammates at the University of Illinois.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement Saturday afternoon. ”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.”
Price-Brent was a third-year player and a key part of the Cowboys’ defense this year, starting in all 12 games and making 35 tackles.
The team confirmed to reporters that Price-Brent was not traveling with the Cowboys to Cincinnati, where Dallas will play the Bengals Sunday afternoon.