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Cowboys' Brent reinstated, suspended for 10 games

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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sunol12 September 02 2014 at 11:16 PM

what a joke, should kick him out for good!!!!

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tbmuch September 03 2014 at 12:29 AM

And one would hope and think others that have heard of Brent's recklessness would have an impact on their lives. Not the case at all, too many undisciplined idiots.

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Rita Hayward September 03 2014 at 12:58 AM

Where are the riots and looting? This man did kill another, because he wanted to drive drunk, and he gets 180 days and a 10 game suspension? Oh...that's right, he is black, so we do not want to upset the black community by putting his butt in jail where it belongs. Let's just leave him free to kill someone else when he gets drunk again.

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michaelmetsfan September 02 2014 at 8:52 PM

This is just amazing! Get drunk well over the limit, drive and kill someone, serve 180 days, and just go back to your privileged life. Something seriously wrong here folks. Yet Pete Rose can't get reinstated?

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FRED September 03 2014 at 5:22 AM

Too bad we don't hold these thugs to the standards given to the rest of us out here. I think they should be held to a much higher standard, perhaps we might get better people to play our games.

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jdsept FRED September 03 2014 at 9:47 AM

Why? Should better people be football players than say plumbers, car salesmen etc? Why? Bill Janklow a Congressperson did 30 days for running a stop sign and killing somebody. There is a local lawyer here who has not ever lost a DUI case. She obviously picks and chooses her cases but she charges $100,000 and if she ever loses you don't have to pay her. Success in America buys better lawyers, bigger houses, better cars etc. This woman lawyer drives a Ferrari.

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Fred September 03 2014 at 5:21 AM

Drive drunk, kill no a few days in jail and go back to the good life,,,,unreal,,,,no,,,,really sickening

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raidrmik67 September 03 2014 at 12:58 AM

The fact he killed anyone is bad enough I just can't wrap my head around why Dallas would even consider bringing this guy back? They had to of put him on the active roster to get suspended so Dallas has already signed him to a contract.

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screamingeagleaz September 03 2014 at 12:52 AM

They allow these thugs t play football, but they won't let Tim Tebow play just because he's a Christian. Tebow beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game! Does this seem right to you???

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cduhon1 September 03 2014 at 1:52 AM

If this was anybody else that person would be in Prison. The judges are letting KILLER'S back on the street.,

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jdsept cduhon1 September 03 2014 at 10:12 AM

Not really Bill Janklow a South Dakota Congress person ran a stop sign, killed a person, got 100 days and did 30. That kid in Texas got no jail time for killing somebody while drinking and driving underage.

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cduhon1 September 03 2014 at 1:50 AM

He should be in PRISON he killed a man because he have money and that he a celebrity doesn't mean crap. His friend is DEAD because of HIM I hope he never get any sleep.

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