Cowboys' Josh Brent formally indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter

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A grand jury in Texas has formally indicted Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter.

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Brent is charged in connection with a Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown. He is out of jail on $100,000 bond.

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Debbie Denmon says the indictment was returned Wednesday.

Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving say Brent was speeding when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped. Brown was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Intoxication manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Brent could be eligible for probation.

Denmon says no court dates have been scheduled.

FALCONS: Strong safety William Moore, who has missed three games with a hamstring injury, was held out of practice again Wednesday and likely will miss Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay, according to head coach Mike Smith.

“I would like for William to be ready to go but the doctors have got to make that determination,” Smith said.

Wide receiver Roddy White (knee), cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring) and defensive end Cliff Matthews (hamstring) also missed practice, while defensive tackles Jonathan Babineaux (ribs) and Corey Peters (knee) were limited.

RAVENS: Linebacker Ray Lewis was added to the 53-man roster, but coach John Harbaugh says the 17-year veteran will not play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 37-year-old was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list after tearing his right triceps on Oct. 14. He returned to practice on Dec. 5, and in order for him to be eligible for the playoffs, the Ravens had to add him to the active roster by Wednesday.

JETS: Tim Tebow has been criticized for years about his quarterback skills, his arm and how he throws.

He refuses to accept anyone calling him a quitter or phony.

The backup quarterback insisted Wednesday that he didn’t ask out of running the team’s wildcat plays last week, but acknowledged what he said in a meeting with coach Rex Ryan might have been misinterpreted as such.

“I never said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do anything or I won’t do anything,’” Tebow said. “That wasn’t the talk at all. He knows that, and everybody on this team knows that. I’d never not do something if I was asked, and I think that’s what’s disappointing about the whole situation, people saying, ‘You quit,’ or, ‘You didn’t do this.’ It was not it at all.

“It was just me asking to get an opportunity to play the position I love, which is quarterback. It wasn’t me asking out of anything.”

CARDINALS: Will give Brian Hoyer his first NFL start, less than three weeks after the team claimed him off waivers from Pittsburgh.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday the former Michigan State quarterback and New England backup will start in the season finale Sunday at San Francisco, which is looking to wrap up an NFC West title.

Hoyer will be the fourth starter at quarterback for the Cardinals this year, operating an offense that ranks last in the NFL.

Arizona also has gone with John Skelton, Kevin Kolb and rookie Ryan Lindley at the position. Kolb is out for the season with a rib injury. The other two were benched for lack of production.

EAGLES: Michael Vick has another chance to show his teammates and the rest of the league he’s still a pretty good quarterback.

Vick will start Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles (4-11) close out their season against the New York Giants (8-7). It’s fitting Vick will play possibly his last game for the Eagles at the Meadowlands.

Things haven’t been quite the same for Vick and the team since his last start at the Giants. On Dec. 19, 2010, Vick led the Eagles back from a 21-point deficit with 8:17 remaining to beat the Giants 38-31 and clinch the NFC East title.

That remarkable comeback was the highlight of his four seasons in Philadelphia. Vick was the AP Comeback Player of the Year in 2010, started for the NFC in his fourth Pro Bowl and signed a $100 million contract before the start of the next season.

But since that win over the Giants, the Eagles are 10-14 in Vick’s starts, including a playoff loss to Green Bay.

What went wrong?

“I can’t tell you,” Vick said Wednesday. “Just so many moving parts, guys in and out. We had coaching changes and things of that nature. I really can’t say what happened or what went wrong. I’d have to go back and look at all the film. We all have to evaluate and assess our situation as far as what happened at the conclusion of the season. It is what it is. It’s not the first organization this has happened to and it certainly won’t be the last. Hopefully it won’t be this one.”

CHIEFS: An illness running through the Kansas City Chiefs the past few weeks kept running back Jamaal Charles, linebacker Tamba Hali and left tackle Donald Stephenson out of practice Wednesday.

Coach Romeo Crennel said that Hali and Stephenson were sent home soon after arriving at the team’s practice facility. Charles was sent home a short time later.

Last week, wide receivers Jon Baldwin and Josh Bellamy, defensive backs Brandon Flowers and Neiko Thorpe and defensive tackle Jerrell Powe missed time due to illness. Safety Eric Berry and guard Jeff Allen have also been sick recently.

Defensive tackle Tyson Jackson, left tackle Branden Albert, center Ryan Lilja, wide receiver Terrance Copper and tight end Tony Moeaki missed practice due to injuries Wednesday.

The Chiefs (2-13) finish their season Sunday at Denver.


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