Josh Brent Out of Rehab, Could He Be Making a Return to the Cowboys?
A very controversial subject for the Dallas Cowboys could be making its way back to the team this year.
Josh Brent was the backup defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys in 2012. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter in 2012, when he killed practice squad member Jerry Brown. Brent wrecked his Mercedes killing his friend and teammate. Both of them attended the University of Illinois. Brent blew a 0.18 percent blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit.
Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years' probation. He left jail last month and entered a rehab facility in Dallas. Since he is now out of rehab the question is going to be, is Josh Brent still going to be playing in the NFL? Brent retired last year and will have to apply for reinstatement. Everyone is assuming he will be facing some suspensions with the leagues personal conduct policy.
Could the Dallas Cowboys use Josh Brent? Of course they could. Our three best players on defense from last year are all on different teams or hurt. Demarcus Ware signed with the Broncos, Sean Lee out for the season with an injury and Jason Hatcher signed with the Redskins. Bad news out of training camp this week was that defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is going to miss eight weeks with a broken bone in his foot.
The Dallas Cowboys had the worst defense in the NFL last year. In my opinion the locker room drama that would happen if Brent returned to the team would be huge. Jerry Jones seems to think he could help clear his name by returning to the football field.
"He can be a great example," Jones said. "There's no place like the NFL to rehab your credibility or show that you are contrite. It's a great opportunity for him under the circumstances to have made the mistake that he made to do some real good, help a lot of people and basically leave a better taste in people's mouths about Josh Brent."