Court dates loom for Josh Brent, Jay Ratliff

June, 26, 2013
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The Dallas Cowboys have two players on their 90-man training camp roster with upcoming court dates.

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Defensive tackle Josh Brent has a bail revocation hearing scheduled for July 19, the day the Cowboys leave for training camp in Oxnard, Calif., because the Dallas County district attorney's office wants a judge to place him in jail because of a failed drug test.

Brent is out on bail after being charged with intoxication manslaughter resulting in the death of practice squad player and best friend Jerry Brown. Court records show Brent's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

The trial for the intoxication manslaughter is scheduled for Sept. 23. Brent's attorneys have had preliminary discussions about a plea deal.

Jay Ratliff has a court date on Aug. 22 at Tarrant County criminal court in Fort Worth on a DWI charge. Ratliff was arrested on Jan. 22 when his pick-up truck collided with an 18-wheeler in Grapevine, Texas.

A subsequent blood test revealed Ratliff's blood test was more than twice the legal limit.

Ratliff's scheduled court case comes just days after the Cowboys preseason game Aug. 17 at Arizona.

It hasn't been determined officially if Brent will be allowed to travel with the team to training camp. It's assumed Brent will not be there because of the legal issues he faces, but he still counts against the Cowboys 90-man roster. Brent hasn't participated in any of the offseason workouts.

Ratliff has participated in the offseason workouts and will travel with the team to training camp.

Ratliff and Brent are subject to the NFL conduct policy and could face a fine or suspension.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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