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Cowboys’ Brent reinstated, suspended for 10 games

September 3, 2014

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 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’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said an appeal of the suspension was planned.

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

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