The Dallas Cowboys may have to wait awhile to clear that promised roster spot for Josh Brent. ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Brent is in line for punishment from the NFL, and speculates that Brent could be suspended for the entire 2014 season.
Brent wants to return to the league after spending time in jail on manslaughter charges stemming from the car accident that claimed the life of Cowboys player Jerry Brown.
Werder says that according to league sources Brent will not be on the field to start the season:
“He’s not just going to walk back onto the field,” a source said.
Werder points out that the league suspended Donte Stallworth for the entire season after his own 2009 incident in which he was charged with vehicular manslaughter.
In addition to jail time, Brent also spent 45 days in rehab and is on probation for 10 years.
Dallas owner Jerry Jones has already gone on record saying that there’s a place for Brent on the Cowboys when/if he is reinstated. That is less about personal loyalty to Mr. Brent and more about the Cowboys’ disturbingly poor defense, one suspects.
Brent actually announced his retirement in 2013 but the Cowboys never surrendered his rights and would be allowed to restore him to the roster in the event that he is ever ruled eligible.
The team created controversy when they invited Brent to stand on the sidelines during a game just a week after the car wreck that killed Jerry Brown and derailed Brent’s career, possibly permanently.