Autopsy determines Dallas Cowboys player's cause of death

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office has completed and released the autopsy results on Dallas Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown Jr., who was killed in a December 8 crash along Highway 114 in Irving.

Brown, 25, was a passenger in the car that teammate Josh Brent was driving. Brent has been charged with Intoxication Manslaughter.

Police say Brent was speeding when his car hit a curb, flipped and came to rest upside-down.

The medical examiner's report details Jerry Brown's condition, noting abrasions on the right and left forehead and a cut on his left eyebrow. While Brown had no skull fractures, the report found his neck had been dislocated and spinal cord severely bruised.

The report ultimately concluded that Jerry Brown's death was a result of "blunt force injuries of the head and neck."

Brown had just signed to the Cowboys Dallas practice squad in October, after being cut from the Indianapolis Colts.

Brent and Brown, who had been teammates at the University of Illinois, were close friends. Brent had opened his home to Brown when he moved to North Texas and the two were roommates at the time of the crash.

Jerry Brown Jr. was buried on December 15 in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, in a Cowboys gray casket that had the team logo on the side. 

Josh Brent is still a member of the Dallas Cowboys, but has been placed on the reserve/non-football illness list. He was originally arrested on a $500,000 bond but that amount has since been reduced to $100,000 on the condition that he wear an ankle monitor that measures one's blood alcohol level. Police records show that at the time of the crash Brent has a blood alcohol level of level 0.189 — more than twice the legal limit.

A Dallas County grand jury officially indicted Brent on the drunk driving death charge, but no trial date has been set.


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