Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown has passed away. Brown, a former defensive lineman at Illinois, was on the Cowboys practice squad this season. Current Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman tweeted the news of Brown's passing:
Sad news for the Illini #Family today. Jerry Brown, former Illini and current NFL player has passed away. Keep him in your prayers.— Tim Beckman (@coachbeckman) December 8, 2012
Prayers go out to the family of my former classmate, teammate Former Illini Jerry Brown RIP #illini— Arrelious Benn (@ArreliousBenn) December 8, 2012
Shortly after the news of Brown's death spread, reports emerged that he was killed in an accident involving teammate Josh Brent, who was driving a car involved in the accident that killed Brown. Brent has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter.
Brown, a St. Louis native, was an undrafted free agent and bounced around the league. He did play in one game with the Colts this season in Week 6, before moving on to the Cowboys practice squad.