Cowboys’ Josh Brent jailed; ex-Browns player pleads not guilty

DALLAS — Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was jailed Thursday in North Texas after failing a second drug test.

Court records in Dallas County show Brent tested positive for marijuana after submitting to a urine test last week. The test result is a violation of bond conditions imposed after being charged late last year with intoxication manslaughter.

Brent had failed an initial drug test in May.

He’s being held without bond pending a court hearing scheduled for July 19.

Authorities said Brent was driving Dec. 8 when he wrecked, causing the death of Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown. They say Brent’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the limit of .08.

His attorney, George Milner, was not immediately available for comment Thursday.

Ex-Browns player pleads not guilty

PATERSON, N.J. — Ausar Walcott, a former rookie linebacker for the Cleveland Browns pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempted murder and other charges in New Jersey.

Walcott is accused of punching Derek Jones in the side of the head outside The Palace Gentlemen’s Club in Passaic early Sunday.

A prosecutor said Jones is in a medically induced coma at a New York hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition.

The 23-year-old Walcott is being represented by a public defender while he attempts to hire an attorney. He is being held on $500,000 bail. The case will now go to a grand jury.

Walcott, who played for the University of Virginia, was signed by the Browns on May 13 following a tryout. The team released him Wednesday.

Vikings sign LB Bishop

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings signed veteran Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal Thursday, adding much-needed help at linebacker.

The 28-year-old Bishop is the latest player to come to Minnesota from rival Green Bay, joining the likes of Greg Jennings, Brett Favre, Darren Sharper and Ryan Longwell.

Bishop missed all of last season with an injured hamstring and was cut by the Packers last month. He gives the Vikings a player with experience at middle linebacker, something that was lacking in the current group.

Veteran Erin Henderson had moved from outside linebacker to the starting middle linebacker in minicamp. If healthy, Bishop could compete for playing time at both spots.

Former Jets safety dies

AUSTIN, Texas — Jim Hudson, the former New York Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, has died. He was 70.

The team confirmed on its official site that Hudson died Tuesday in Austin.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Hudson was a starting safety against the Baltimore Colts, making a key play in the first half of the Super Bowl victory. The Colts were trailing 7-0 when they tried a flea-flicker from Earl Morrall to Tom Matte and back to Morrall, who looked for Jerry Hill near the Jets 10. Hudson stepped in front of the toss, ruining a potential scoring drive.

The former University of Texas player had six tackles in the 16-7 win, and finished with 15 career interceptions in six seasons with the Jets.