The Dallas Cowboys may have won an emotional comeback victory on Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals but it could hardly be said that the win was enjoyed. Following the death of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, the Cowboys rallied around a fallen teammate and then stated their support for nose tackle Josh Brent.
It was an emotional day on the sidelines for the Cowboys, who had the No. 53 jersey of Brown displayed in the bench area. The 25-year old linebacker was killed early Saturday morning when the Mercedes driven by Brent hit a curb at high speeds and flipped. Brent was arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter, a second-degree felony.
While the team embraced the memory of Brown, they also mourned the loss of teammate Josh Brent, who faces an uncertain future with the team. Brent had a rocky past in college in Illinois but was enjoyed a breakout season in 2012 and was highly respected by his teammates. The Cowboys stated on Sunday they will continue to support Brent during a troubling time:
"As far as Josh goes, you know how close we are," Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears said. "We all are hurting and in pain and feeling devastated. At this point, you've got to be brothers, through the tough times and get to him and try to encourage him and comfort him, because there are going to be some tough days ahead. That's no secret. We won't run away from him, probably like the world did."
Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer also stood behind his teammate, stating that the accident could have happened to any of them.
"It could have been any of us. It really could have," said Spencer. "We've all been in that situation where we've gone out and had a few drinks and then drove home, whatever the situation was, it really could have been any of us in this locker room that it happened to. It's hard not to feel for him."
The Cowboys, 7-6, kept their playoff hopes alive with the 20-19 comeback victory. The team will next head back home to Dallas to welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time to Cowboys Stadium.