Grant Halverson/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — The NFL is allowing defensive lineman Josh Brent to return to the Dallas Cowboys once he serves a 10-game suspension.
On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Brent can return to the team, but he must stay out of legal trouble and “any prohibited alcohol-related conduct will likely result in an immediate suspension and potential banishment from the NFL.”
Back on Dec. 7, 2012, Brent was part of a car accident that killed his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown. Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to six months in jail. He spent the final 45 days of his sentence at an alcohol and drug treatment center.
“If Brent fully complies with these terms, and following an additional report and recommendation from the league’s substance abuse program advisors, he will considered for full reinstatement to return to play following Week 10,” the NFL’s statement said. “Brent may appeal this decision within five days.”
The Cowboys have remained supportive and always said they would welcome Brent back if and when he was ready to return to football.
Brent spent three seasons with the Cowboys before the incident.
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