Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The NFL notebook …
DALLAS— A judge ordered Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent to wear an electronic monitor pending his trial on an intoxication manslaughter charge in the one-car crash that killed a teammate.
State District Judge Fred Tinsley also lowered Brent’s bond from $500,000 to $100,000 on Tuesday. He ordered Brent not to drink alcohol or drive without a valid driver’s license. Prosecutors say Brent was driving with a suspended license on the night of the Dec. 8 crash that killed friend and Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown.
Brent will be required to wear a monitor to detect if he has had anything to drink.
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said he agreed with Brent’s attorney, George Milner, that the initial bond was set too high.
“We want to treat everyone the same,” Watkins said. “Just because he’s a Cowboy doesn’t mean his bond should be $500,000.”
Milner has protested because he“wears a star on his helmet.”
“It was off the charts, it was inappropriate,” Milner said Tuesday. “And Mr. Brent should be treated like any other citizen of Dallas County.”
RG3 JERSEY
NEW YORK— Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III ranks second in the NFL in passer rating. He’s right at the top of conversation about rookie of the year. And his jersey is popular as can be.
RG3’s No. 10 Redskins shirt is the top seller on NFLShop.com this season, the website says. The top six spots belong to QBs, with Peyton Manning of the Broncos at No. 2, followed by Aaron Rodgers of the Packers, Eli Manning of the Giants, Tom Brady of the Patriots and Andrew Luck of the Colts.
BRONCOS
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Eric Decker was the first of Peyton Manning’s workout buddies, sneaking onto high school football fields in the spring to work on his rhythm and rapport with his new quarterback.
The sessions helped Manning regain his arm strength.All those hours together are paying off now.
Decker leads the Denver Broncos (11-3) with nine touchdown grabs and he’s 77 yards shy of joining fellow third-year receiver Demaryius Thomas with his first 1,000-yard season.
No Denver duo has accomplished that feat since 2004.
KEEPING CROSBY
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers are sticking with Mason Crosby, their struggling kicker.
After missing a pair of field-goal attempts during the Packers’ 21-13 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Crosby is 17 of 29 (an NFL-worst 58.6 percent) this season and has botched at least one kick in the past eight games. Nevertheless, coach Mike McCarthy remained steadfast in his support of Crosby.
, saying no change is in the offing.

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