CINCINNATI I boarded the Cowboys' chartered plane bound for Cincinnati just after noon in Dallas with the knowledge that the club had assembled players for an early-Saturday meeting to inform them of what I knew to be an "incident" involving what I was told was "a practice-squad player and a part-time defensive starter."
Josh Brent -- who was scheduled to start for the Cowboys in Sunday's game against the Bengals -- was listed on the flight manifest with assigned seat 27F.
But as I boarded, Brent was not in his seat and would not be in his seat as a result of the tragic circumstances involving the death of practice-squad newcomer Jerry Brown Jr. and the intoxication-manslaughter arrest of Brent.
Brent was arrested at 4:14 a.m. after the 2:20 a.m. one-car accident in Irving, Texas, in which Brent flipped his 2007 Mercedes after reportedly hitting a curb at a high speed.
Irving police say they came upon the scene and found Brent, 24 and a third-year pro, attempting to drag Brown,...