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(Updated 5:45 pm ET, Saturday, Dec. 8)

Tragedy has enveloped the NFL for the second straight Saturday with the Irving, Texas, police department confirming that Cowboys LB Jerry Brown has died in an early-morning car crash, and Cowboys NT Josh Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

“Officers at the scene believed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash; therefore, Price-Brent was asked to perform field sobriety tests,” a statement from the Irving Police Department said. “Based on the results of the tests, along with the officer’s observations and conversations with Price-Brent, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was transported to an area hospital for a mandatory blood draw. Once it was learned that the passenger of his vehicle had died as a result of the crash, Price-Brent was booked into the Irving City Jail on one count of Intoxication Manslaughter.”

Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said Brent was speeding when his vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once. He said Brent was charged with a second-degree felony, which could result in a prison sentence from two to 20 years and a $20,000 fine.

Brent had spent time in jail after a DUI while in college at Illinois.

The 25-year-old Brown, a member of the Cowboys practice squad, and Brent, who was expected to have played a key role in this Sunday’s game against Cincinnati due to a groin injury to starting NT Jay Ratliff, were friends and teammates at Illinois before being reunited with the Cowboys.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in an official statement.  “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.”

Brown was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent May 23 but waived Aug. 31 before signing with the Cowboys.

“On behalf of the entire Colts family, our sincerest condolences go out to Jerry's family and friends," Colts GM Ryan Grigson said in a team statement. "He was a good teammate that was well liked by all. Today's tragic news is just another reminder of how fragile life is and how everyday given is a gift.”

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