Brooks makes Cowboys practice squad

Updated: October 29, 2003, 1:12 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A year after his arrest on drug and weapons charges and dismissal from the Arkansas team, defensive lineman Jermaine Brooks has made the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.

Brooks was signed to the Dallas Cowboys' squad Monday, club spokesman Brett Daniels said Tuesday.

Brooks started 13 games for the Razorbacks and was an All-SEC academic player. He set a school record against Auburn with five tackles for a loss.

Brooks sold 3 pounds of marijuana to a man who cooperated with police. Police also seized 7 1/2 pounds of marijuana, 6 guns and $16,841 in cash from Brooks' apartment near campus last October.

In March, Brooks was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended. But, a plea bargain with prosecutors allowed Brooks to enter a boot camp program and he was released in late August. Brooks remains on probation for 10 years.

Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt said he was pleased to see Brooks getting the chance to continue playing football.

"It's a tremendous break for him," Nutt said. "I just hope he really takes advantage of it."

Cowboys defensive tackles coach Kacy Rogers was Brooks' defensive line coach at Arkansas.

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