Dallas Cowboys player arrested in teammate's death

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IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter after a single-vehicle rollover crash that killed 25-year-old Jerry Brown Jr., a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad.

Brent, 24, was driving at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday near Highway 114 when his 2007 Mercedes hit a curb while traveling at a high rate of speed, flipping over onto its top and landing in the center of the road, according to Irving police.

Upon arriving on the scene, officers saw Brent dragging Brown from the car, which had caught fire in the wreck, a police spokesman said. Officers extinguished the fire and talked with Brent, who they determined was the driver of the vehicle.

Brown Jr. was found unresponsive at the scene and transferred to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the nose tackle was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and upon officers' observations. He was later charged with intoxication manslaughter after Brown Jr. was pronounced dead.

Brent was taken to a nearby hospital for mandatory blood withdrawal and suffered minor scrapes.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he was "saddened by news of the incident and the passing of Jerry Brown."

Brent was selected in the 2010 NFL Supplemental Draft after leaving the University of Illinois as a junior. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI in college. Players enter the NFL Supplemental Draft because they missed the filing deadline for the NFL Draft or issues developed that affected their eligibility, such as academic or disciplinary matters.

Brent and Brown Jr. were college teammates at the University of Illinois.

The Cowboys were told of Brown Jr.'s death Saturday while on a grounded plane set to head to Cincinnati for the Sunday game. The team said in a statement that Brent was not on the team flight to Cincinnati, where the Cowboys play the Bengals.

Brent has played in all 12 games this season and has been a bigger presence on defense with starting nose guard Jay Ratliff battling injuries. He made his first career start the season opener against the New York Giants and has 35 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.

The Cowboys signed Brown to their practice squad October 24, but he hasn't been on the active roster.

Authorities have asked that anyone who may have witnessed the crash call police at 972-721-2762.

The Associated Press contributed to this report