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COWBOYS' BRENT OUT OF JAIL AFTER FRIEND'S DEATH

IRVING, Texas — Cowboys DT Josh Brent was released from custody Sunday after posting a $500,000 bond, a day after being charged with intoxication manslaughter after what police called a drunken-driving accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.

"Jerry Brown was my very best friend, and I'm just trying to deal with his death right now," Brent, 24, said, stopping briefly when asked if he had anything to say to Brown's family. He didn't answer any other questions on his way out of jail.

Irving police said Brent was speeding in the Dallas suburb when the vehicle he was driving hit a curb and flipped about 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Brown, 25, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Brent's manslaughter charge is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

Brown's grandmother Theresa Clark of St. Louis told the Associated Press that Brown and Brent grew close while they were college teammates at Illinois from 2007-09. Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson of Champaign, Ill., said Brown was an expectant father. "I'm very excited and anxious to meet my granddaughter," she said. "She will be here in two more months."

BEARS: Brandon Marshall joined Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Wes Welker as players with at least four seasons of 100 or more receptions. He also set the team record with his 101st catch this season.

BILLS: The status of RB Fred Jackson (right leg) for the season is uncertain.

CHIEFS: RB Jamaal Charles played a day after attending the funeral of Kasandra Perkins, the cousin of his wife. Perkins was fatally shot Dec. 1 by Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher, who then took his life.

COLTS: Reggie Wayne caught six passes to give him 956 total; he passed Andre Reed (951) for No. 10 on the league's career list.

49ERS: RB Brandon Jacobs has taken to social media to express his frustration at his lack of a role. The former Giant said Saturday via Instagram that he is "on this team rotting away." He was inactive Sunday.

PANTHERS: They won a coin flip for the first time this year, as captain Jordan Gross celebrated at midfield. Including overtime, they were 0-13 on flips. "I've never seen people cheering so loud for a coin toss," Gross said with a laugh.

Times wires

.TONIGHT

Texans at Patriots

8:30, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. TV/radio: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

NFL news and notes 12/09/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 10, 2012 12:46am]

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