Josh Brent supported by teammates

Updated: December 19, 2012, 5:28 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The support for Josh Brent still is strong in the Dallas Cowboys' locker room.

Even after the Cowboys determined that Brent won't be allowed on the sideline during games, his teammates will continue to be there for the nose tackle.

Brent currently is out on bail after being charged with intoxication manslaughter resulting in the death of teammate Jerry Brown.

"Support is support," fullback Lawrence Vickers said Wednesday. "Josh understands the things that are going on, we understand the things that are going on, but one thing -- our house is going to stay good and strong. We're going to stick with our values and the morals that we have, and that's being there for each other.

"So regardless of what's going on, nothing can't stop that. That's what we're going to do -- be there for our brother."

Brent was placed on the Cowboys' reserve/non-football illness list last week. He attended the first half of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers but left in the early stages of the third quarter after the Cowboys were criticized during the broadcast for having him on the sideline.

"He understood why some people were upset, but I was glad to see him," defensive end Jason Hatcher said. "[The outcry] kind of hurt me because we don't ever want him to feel alone. There's a right place and a right time for everything. I don't know if it was handled right or handled wrong, but it was just good to see him out there on the sideline. It put a little spark in me to see him upbeat and smiling.

"At the same time, you know he's probably beating himself up inside. But just being around the game he loves and to come in there and put a smile on our face as well as him, that was an unbelievable feeling. From now on, I don't know what will happen as far as him coming to a game. But the support of him is going to be amazing from us."

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett acknowledged Wednesday that the organization does not have a long-term plan for Brent.

"Like we've said before, there's no playbook or no manual for how to handle this situation," Garrett said. "We're trying to take it day by day. We'll continue to have discussions about what his role will be here at Valley Ranch and going forward."

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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