TODAY | December 09, 2012
>>> we begin this morning in texas, police say dallas cowboys defensive lineman josh brent has been charged with vehicle lar manslaughter. miguel almaguer.
>> reporter: josh brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter after a passenger and his car, fellow teammate jerry brown was killed in an accident.
>> it appears he was traveling at a high rate of speed, at which time his vehicle touched or impacted the outside curb of the service road , causing his vehicle to flip.
>> reporter: brent and brown played football together at the university of illinois . while in college brent pleaded guilty to a dui in 2009 . saturday, when police arrived on scene, officers say brent was pulling brown's body from the wreckage. member of the cowboys practice team, brown was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. brent faces 2 to 20 years in prison and is expected in court today.
>> our officers on scene felt as if alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident, so mr. brent was asked to perform field sobriety tests.
>> reporter: for the nfl this is the second tragedy in a week. on friday police released dash cam video of jovan belcher.
>> you live here? you need to go upstairs, dude. okay. we're trying to cut you a break here.
>> it has to go down as one of the darkest spans in recent nfl history.
>> reporter: hours after learning of saturday's tragedy the cowboys released this statement. "our hearts and prayer answer deepest sympathies are with members of jerry's family." today the cowboys play the bengals in cincinnati, but they'll do so with a heavy heart for one teammate, while another faces charges of manslaughter. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news.