Cowboys' Brent reinstated, suspended for 10 games

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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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Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, though he won't play right away.

The NFL on Tuesday outlined a series of conditions Brent must meet to be eligible to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week in November.

Brent retired last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail after a trial in January in the intoxication manslaughter death of teammate Jerry Brown, a practice squad linebacker for the Cowboys. A 10-year prison sentence was suspended.

The league says Brent will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season and can't participate in team activities for the first six weeks. He won't be allowed to visit the team's practice facility for the first six weeks except to meet with people associated with his rehab.

The 26-year-old Brent must have "no further adverse involvement with law enforcement" and faces potential banishment for what the league called "prohibited alcohol-related conduct."

Brent can start attending meetings and doing individual workouts in Week 7, but can't practice or travel with the team. He can begin practicing two weeks after that.

If he meets all the conditions, Brent's first possible game is Nov. 23 at the New York Giants.

Brent crashed his Mercedes sedan on a suburban Dallas highway on the way back from a nightclub in December 2012. Brown was in the passenger's seat. Witnesses recalled seeing Brent trying to pull Brown, his former teammate at Illinois and his roommate in Texas, 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.

Brent faced up to 20 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter, and prosecutors pressed hard for prison time, saying his case would send a message to other would-be drunken drivers. But Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, testified she had forgiven Brent and that "you can't go on in life holding a grudge."

The Cowboys open the season Sunday at home against San Francisco with many questions about their defense, including the rotation among defensive linemen. They are trying to replace franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware, who was released during the offseason in a salary cap move.

Brent was mostly a backup in three seasons with Dallas but was starting in place of the injured Jay Ratliff at the time of the crash.

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