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Josh Brent rejoins Cowboys, still faces suspension

Brent has a chance to play for the Cowboys this season, but would not be eligible until Week 11.


Josh Brent will rejoin the Dallas Cowboys on Monday after nearly two years away from the team, says team owner Jerry Jones.

Brent, 26, received a sentence of 180 days in jail after he was convicted for intoxicated manslaughter for a crash in December 2012 that resulted in the death of Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown. He reportedly spent the last 45 days of the sentence in a treatment facility and has since been working out at a local gym.

"In no way does this diminish our sorrow for Jerry Brown, his family and his mother," Jones said late Sunday. "But Josh has a wish, he'd really like to have some success and financially help and take responsibility for Jerry Brown's daughter. He's told me that every time I've talked to him on the phone. This just within the last six or seven times we talked. Tomorrow it will start. He's been working and he'll continue that work. He should get in here and if he gets the work done and get his weight right and gets himself in condition, he may get a chance to get on the field. We'll see."

While the return for Brent is two weeks earlier than the original conditions set forth in a suspension announced by Roger Goodell, the NFL reportedly agreed to an adjustment to the terms of his 10-game suspension. Still, Brent won't be eligible to play for the Cowboys until Nov. 23 against the New York Giants.

A seventh-round selection in the 2010 NFL Supplemental Draft, Brent played in 39 games at defensive tackle during his three seasons with the Cowboys, starting five games in his final season in 2012 before the fatal incident ended his year.