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Report: Cowboys DT Josh Brent Conditionally Reinstated, Suspended Ten Games

 

Ian Rapoport, citing a source, reports that Cowboys DT Josh Brent has been suspended for ten games stemming from his role in an accident that led to the death of his teammate Jerry Brown in 2012.

  • Rapoport adds that Brent will be eligible to visit the Cowboys facility after week six, and can begin practicing in week nine.
  • Brent’s conditional reinstatement prohibits him from engaging in any “alcohol-related conduct or activity” with immediate suspension or possibly banishment serving as the punishment, per Rapoport.

Brent served a 180-day prison sentence after he was convicted of intoxication manslaughter.  He was released from prison in June and finished out the remainder of his sentence in a substance abuse center.

The suspension and conditional reinstatement seem justifiably harsh, though this does provide Brent with a second chance.  There was some speculation that he would never be reinstated.

Brent, 26, last appeared in an NFL game during the 2012 season. He recorded 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.