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NFL Notebook: Cowboys' Brent attends fallen teammate's memorial

| Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 8:28 p.m.

DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys paid tribute to Jerry Brown at a private memorial Tuesday that included Josh Brent, the player charged with intoxication manslaughter in the one-car accident that killed his teammate.

Quarterback Tony Romo, owner Jerry Jones and other players, executives and staff members arrived at the service on a sunny but chilly afternoon at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas.

Brent arrived earlier than most in a van with several other people and could be seen hugging Brown's mother before walking into the building.

Brent was one of the last to leave, too. He grew close to Brown during three seasons together at the University of Illinois and took in Brown when the Cowboys added the 25-year-old to the roster in October.

Players and team officials left without talking to reporters after the hour-long service, but Garrett had made it clear that Brent was still a part of the Cowboys family.

“We're going to support Josh 100 percent in every way that we can,” Garrett said Monday. “We want to make him feel that there are people around him who can help him get through this thing day by day.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had “no issues” with Brent being at team facilities while the manslaughter case against him works its way through the courts.

The Steelers visit Dallas on Sunday in another game with playoff implications for both teams.

Police in suburban Irving say Brent was speeding when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped early Saturday, hours before Brent was supposed to be on the team flight to Cincinnati.

Brown was taken to a Dallas hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Dallas County medical examiner said he died after suffering blunt force trauma to his head and neck.

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Valet charged after taking WR Wayne's car

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Gunner Belcher, 21, was arrested early Sunday after police approached a Bentley blocking downtown traffic.

A police report said Belcher was standing outside the car and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, nearly twice Indiana's legal limit.

Jets re-sign WR Edwards

The Jets are bringing back wide receiver Braylon Edwards less than a week after he bashed the organization in support of quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Packers fans ready for Aaron Rodgers Day

To most people, Wednesday will just be a quirky date: Dec. 12, 2012, or 12-12-12. But to Packers fans, the number 12 carries special meaning.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wears No. 12, so earlier this year the state Legislature designated the day Aaron Rodgers Day.

Around the league

The Patriots placed veteran wide receiver Donte' Stallworth (ankle) on injured reserve and cut veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. … Jets cornerback Aaron Berry (hamstring), a Pitt product, is expected to miss the rest of the season, according to the New York Daily News. … The Jaguars placed starting guard Mike Brewster on injured reserve and signed running back Keith Toston. … The Eagles' Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy returned to practice. … Ravens rookie cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. …The Bills officially placed running back Fred Jackson on injured reserve.

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