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This image taken from video and released by the Irving Police Department shows the crash scene after Dallas Cowboys football players Josh Brent and practice squad member Jerry Brown were in an accident early Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 in Irving, Texas. Brown died in the suspected drunken-driving incident. Brent, the driver, is charged with intoxication manslaughter. (AP Photo/Irving Police Department)
FILE - This 2012 file photo shows NFL football player Jerry Brown, then of the Indianapolis Colts. Brown's family filed suit last week in a Dallas County court against Beamers Private Club of Dallas. The suit alleges the club served "large sums of alcohol" to Josh Brent, the former Cowboys player driving in December when his car crashed, killing Brown, who was a member of the Cowboys practice squad. (AP Photo/File)
Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent arrives at court for closing arguments in his intoxication manslaughter trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Dallas. Lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning before the case went to the jury for deliberations. Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Tire skid marks are seen leaving the road as news cameraman film the area where a single vehicle accident involving Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent occurred Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Irving, Texas. Brent is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed linebacker Jerry Brown, a member of the team's practice squad. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tire ruts are seen on the ground with skid marks, at rear on road, at the site of single vehicle accident involving Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent as a news cameraman, rear, films the area, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Irving, Texas. Brent is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed linebacker Jerry Brown, a member of the team's practice squad. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Mourners file into Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church before the start of a funeral for Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in St. Louis. Brown was killed in a car accident on Dec. 8, that left his teammate and friend, Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, facing a manslaughter charge for allegedly driving drunk. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A casket containing the body of Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, is wheeled out of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church during his funeral Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in St. Louis. Brown was killed in a car accident on Dec. 8, that left his teammate and friend, Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, facing a manslaughter charge for allegedly driving drunk. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A man wears a shirt with a picture of Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, as another person holds a program for Brown's funeral service outside Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in St. Louis. Brown was killed in a car accident on Dec. 8, that left his teammate and friend, Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, facing a manslaughter charge for allegedly driving drunk. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent enters court to face sentencing for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in Dallas, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Brent 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 could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Pool/LM Otero, Pool)
Former Dallas Cowboys Josh Brent looks around in court during the penalty phase of the intoxication manslaughter trial in Dallas, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Brent was found guilty on Wednesday, of intoxication manslaughter and faces probation to 20 years for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Former Dallas Cowboys' Josh Brent tries to shield his face from photographers as walks in the court hallway during a break in his trial for intoxication manslaughter Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Dallas. Brent could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of driving drunk and causing teammate Jerry Brown's death. Jurors can also convict him of manslaughter. A judge has imposed a gag order on the attorneys in the trial. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Dallas Cowboys suspended player Josh Brent walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. Brent was the driver last week in a car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, Jr.(AP Photo/LM Otero)
In this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent looks on during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas. Brent is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown, a member of the team's practice squad. Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. in Saturday, Dec. 7, 2012, in the Dallas suburb.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2012, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Josh Brent leaves the field after the New York Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-14 in an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Brent is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown, a member of the team's practice squad. Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. in Saturday, Dec. 7, 2012, in the Dallas suburb. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Josh Brent #92 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 21: Josh Brent #92 of the Dallas Cowboys against the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Cowboys won 19-14. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says former defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of rehabilitation and could have his future with the NFL resolved before the team leaves training camp in California in two weeks.

Jones said Wednesday from training camp that Brent was released from rehab this week.

The 26-year-old Brent was convicted in January of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years' probation. He left jail last month and entered a rehab facility in Dallas.

A spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office didn't return a message, and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had nothing new on Brent's case.

Brent retired last year and will have to apply for reinstatement. He could face a suspension under the league's personal conduct policy.

The release from rehab came about the same time the Cowboys lost rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence for at least two months with a broken right foot. Dallas is revamping its defensive line after releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware in March.

Brent had been a backup but was starting at the time of the fatal crash in the Dallas suburb of Irving.

"He has played at a level before that would help us, yes, and obviously we're trying to build this defensive line," Jones said. "I know that one thing for sure, he is contrite and I know he feels one of the best ways to pay his debt to what he feels to the family is to do what he does the best and that is be a football player."

Brent crashed his Mercedes sedan on the way back from a nightclub. Brown was in the passenger's seat. Witnesses recalled seeing Brent trying to pull Brown from the wreckage of the vehicle.

Tests later showed Brent to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas.

Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, testified she had forgiven Brent. Brent and Brown were college teammates at the University of Illinois and roommates in Texas, where Brown was a practice squad linebacker for the Cowboys.

"He can be a great example," Jones said. "There's no place like the NFL to rehab your credibility or show that you are contrite. It's a great opportunity for him under the circumstances to have made the mistake that he made to do some real good, help a lot of people and basically leave a better taste in people's mouths about Josh Brent."

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