It was announced on Tuesday that former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will be reinstated by the NFL after he serves a 10-game suspension for being convicted of intoxication manslaughter. The one-car accident, which took place back in December of 2012, cost the life of his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown Jr. Brent’s blood alcohol content at the time was more than twice the legal limit.
Brent would retire six months later and was sentenced to 180-days in jail last January. In June, he was allowed to serve the rest of his sentence in a rehabilitation center. Following his ultimate release, Brent made his intentions clear of returning to the NFL. And the Cowboys front office has been very supportive of him from the beginning. In fact, their owner and general manager Jerry Jones has already guaranteed Brent a place on Dallas’ roster.
Although this is big personal news for Brent, it means very little to the Cowboys this season. Brent will be eligible to play for Dallas starting in Week 12 against the New York Giants, this is a player who has not played a professional game in almost two-years. Fortunately, the 26-year old can visit the Cowboys facility starting in Week Seven to begin preparing for his return.
But this isn’t an All-Pro defensive tackle we are talking about here. In his previous three seasons in Dallas, Brent only recorded 44 total tackles and 1.5 sacks. Coming out of Illinois, Brent was seen as a one-gap rotational prospect with major character concerns stemming from a previously served prison sentence for DUI. He was forced to turn to the NFL Supplemental Draft after his junior year in 2010 because he had been deemed academically ineligible to continue at Illinois. It was there the Cowboys drafted him using a future seventh-round pick to do so.