Cowboys vs. Bengals Reportedly Will Open with Moment of Silence

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys flag carriers run on the field after a touchdown during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals will reportedly open with a moment of silence to honor Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport via writer Kareem Copeland

The announcement comes in the wake of the 25-year-old Brown's death on Saturday, after the car his Cowboys teammate, Josh Brent was driving struck a curb and flipped. Brent was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones released this statement regarding the incident on Saturday (via Star-Telegram):

We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown. At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.

Both Brown and Brent were teammates at Illinois. Brent was drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh-round of the 2010 NFL Supplemental Draft, and Brown was recently assigned to the team's practice squad.  

Brown had played for two Arena Football League teams and briefly in the Canadian Football League before making his way onto the field for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. He was then let go before making his way onto the Cowboys' roster. 

This marks the second straight week that an NFL game will open with a moment of silence. Week 13's game between the Carolina Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs began with a moment of silence to honor all victims of domestic violence on Dec. 1.

The Cowboys (6-6) will play the Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon on FOX.

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