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Brent joins Brown's family in grief

DALLAS — Josh Brent, facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter in the one-car wreck that killed teammate Jerry Brown, joined the rest of the Cowboys and Brown's family at a private memorial service for the linebacker on Tuesday.

Brent attended at the request of Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, who flew to Dallas from her home in St. Louis on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' plane. The nose tackle, out of jail on $500,000 bail, met the family at the airport and rode with them to the memorial.

Brown's funeral is Friday in St. Louis, his hometown. The Cowboys, who play Sunday, are not expected to attend.

Jackson said earlier that though she mourns for her son, she knows Brent is hurting, too.

"I was upset, but I realized that our youth today are young and stupid, and we were all once that age, and we've all done things we're not proud of," Jackson said Monday on CNN. "I know Josh Brent, and he's been part of our family since Jerry went to the University of Illinois."

Police in suburban Irving say Brent was speeding early Saturday when his vehicle hit a curb and flipped. Officers found Brent pulling Brown from the wreck, an arrest affidavit said. But a woman who arrived moments after the accident said Brent didn't try to save his friend's life until she begged him.

"Jerry was alive," Stacee McWilliams of Irving told the Dallas Morning News. "He was hurt. He was calling out, and his own friend walked away."

Brent's attorney, George Milner, told the Associated Press, "Not one person in the Irving Police Department has said one thing that is consistent" with the woman's story.

BELCHER WAKE: Hundreds attended a wake in Dix Hills, N.Y., for Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and himself. The 25-year-old Long Island native shot 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, then himself on Dec. 1.

RATINGS: NBC's Sunday Night Football was the top prime-time TV show for the second year in a row, with an average audience of more than 21 million, according to Nielsen ratings. Super Bowl XLVI was the most-watched single program, with more than 111 million viewers.

BUCS MOVE: The Bucs re-signed cornerback Brandon McDonald, released by the team Nov. 6.

BEARS: They signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare to replace injured Robbie Gould (left calf).

EAGLES: Running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Michael Vick, now the backup, returned to practice after missing several weeks with concussions.

JETS: They signed receiver Braylon Edwards a week after he bashed them. Edwards, released by Seattle, had defended embattled Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on Twitter, saying, "Blame the idiots calling shots." Edwards apologized Tuesday.

PATRIOTS: Receiver Donte' Stallworth (ankle) went on injured reserve a day after catching a touchdown pass in a 42-14 victory over Houston.

RAVENS: The league suspended rookie cornerback Asa Jackson four games for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances.

STEELERS: Running back Rashard Mendenhall, deactivated the past two weeks, was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team."

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

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