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Judge orders further alcohol monitoring for Cowboys DT Josh Brent

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Josh Brent will undergo more alcohol monitoring (USA Today Sports Images)

A Dallas County, Texas judge has ordered Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent to undergo further alcohol monitoring while he awaits a trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge, Selwyn Crawford of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Brent was arrested by Irving, Texas police following a Dec. 8 accident that claimed the life of Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad and Brent's former teammate at the University of Illinois. Brent's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit when his Mercedes S600 hit a curb, causing it to overturn and catch on fire.

Brent faces up to 20 years in prison and his trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 23. Brent is currently free on a $100,000 bond. Friday's hearing came about after the Dallas County District Attorney’s office filed a motion on Thursday to revoke Brent’s bond on the grounds that he had violated his bond by either drinking alcohol or being around it. Brent has been wearing a SCRAM bracelet on his ankle and failed to log data on 22 occasions.

Brent will continue to wear the SCRAM bracelet, which will now randomly sample for alcohol.

The 25-year-old Brent was a supplemental draft choice by the Cowboys in 2010. After playing sparingly during his first two seasons in the NFL, Brent started five of 12 games in 2012, setting career-highs with 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Following his arrest, Brent was placed on the "non-football injury" list by the Cowboys, who paid him the remainder ($95,294) of his $540,000 base salary. Brent has one season remaining on his current contract and been present at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters this offseason, but he will not play for the Cowboys in 2013.

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