Cowboys' Josh Brent gets bracelet that detects alcohol intake



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Posted on December 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 7:46 PM

DALLAS -- Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was ordered by a judge not to drink while out on bond awaiting trial.

Charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate Jerry Brown Jr., Brent returned to court Tuesday morning as prosecutors pushed to prohibit him from drinking alcohol.

The judge ordered Brent, 24, to wear a SCRAM monitoring device, which is placed on the ankle and detects any alcohol consumption. Brent was also ordered not to drive until he receives a valid Texas drivers license, which he did not have at the time of the fatal crash.

“It’s computerized and takes the sweat glands from your body to determine if you consume alcohol and it will report back to the folks that actually monitor it," said Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins.

The judge also lowered Brent's bond from $500,000 to $100,000. Brent's defense team argued the bond was originally set too high because of "the star on his helmet."

"Just because he's a Cowboy doesn't mean his bond should be $500,000," Watkins said. "For a normal citizen for the same type of crime their bond would be more in line with $100,000."

Meanwhile, talk continues over Brent's sideline appearance during Sunday's Cowboys game against the Steelers. Owner Jerry Jones said the team wanted Brent there, but coach Jason Garrett said it was a total surprise.

ESPN reported Tuesday morning that Brent is now barred from the sidelines for the remainder of the season. 

“I don't understand why anyone cares about that," said his attorney, George Milner.

Brown, 25, was killed in a crash in the early morning hours on December 8. A source said Brent and Brown were out late after partying together at a club. Brent was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

If Brent does not adhere to the conditions set for him, he will be sent back to jail to await his trial.