Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. He was also fined $10,000.

Brent, 25, closed his eyes when the judge read the jury's verdict. He was kept in custody after the hearing.

One of his attorneys, Kevin Brooks, described the former defensive tackle as "somber."

"I'm really kind of overwhelmed with the results," Brooks said. "It's kind of what we've been fighting for from Day 1. I'm happy for Josh. Josh is still sad and grieving, and that's something he's going to carry with him the rest of his life."

Brent's family members and supporters cried and hugged as the courtroom emptied. His mother, LaTasha Brent, spoke briefly as she left the courthouse, saying she was there to support her son.

Cowboys: Team owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett are considering resolving their disagreement over who should be the team's offensive play-caller with a compromise: They're discussing hiring former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, according to league sources.

One source who expects Linehan to be hired speculated he could have the title of passing game coordinator while also being designated the Cowboys' play caller. If so, Linehan would become the third offensive play caller in three seasons in Dallas, following Garrett and current offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, whom Jones has said will return.

Concussions: One week after a federal judge refused to grant preliminary approval of the NFL concussion settlement, the lead negotiator for the players is engaged in an increasingly bitter campaign to beat back opposition to the $765 million deal.

In conversations and private meetings, Chris Seeger, one of the settlement's main architects, has clashed with his own clients and with attorneys for other players, lobbying for the agreement while lashing out at critics and the media, according to details provided to ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

Legal experts said the growing fissures among former players and lawyers could undermine the settlement after Judge Anita B. Brody's ruling, which requested more information amid concerns there is not enough money to cover all qualifying players.

  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would consider allowing the use of medicinal marijuana if experts deem it a valid treatment for concussions and other head injuries.

    Bills: Buffalo has reached an agreement to hire recently fired Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator. He would replace new Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine.

    Giants: After getting permission from his 7-year-old daughter, offensive lineman David Diehl has retired after an 11-year career. A fifth-round draft pick, Diehl missed only 12 games in his career, starting at every position on the line but center. Addison Diehl accompanied him to the team's training center.

    Broncos: Kicker Matt Prater stayed home sick again, missing his second straight practice. Coach John Fox said Prater's absence was a combination of being too ill to work out and a precaution against getting teammates sick as they prepare for the Super Bowl against Seattle on Feb. 2.

    ESPN.com contributed to this report.