There was a time when Josh Brent was seriously being considered as one of the Dallas Cowboys‘ brightest prospects.
Then came the accident.
It was a night that would change Brent’s life. On Dec. 7, 2012, Brent was involved in a car accident that killed his fellow Cowboy teammate and best friend Jerry Brown. Brent was intoxicated at the time of the crash, and wound up serving a six month jail sentence for intoxicated manslaughter.
But through all of the turmoil, the Cowboys always had their full support for Brent, and followed through on a promise to lobby the league to reinstate him once he completed his sentence.
The NFL did just that on Tuesday, clearing the defensive end to return to the team, but not before he served a 10-game suspension. That puts Brent’s debut for the Cowboys at Week 11, but that doesn’t matter.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 2, 2014
What matters is that Brent is a Cowboy again, and his presence on the football field will be much welcomed. The Cowboys’ defense is in shambles with injuries and suspensions, so Brent will only help out an otherwise horrible situation for the team.
Couple the return of Brent with the rumors that Dallas is on the verge of signing Michael Sam, and a Cowboys defense that has been receiving nothing but bad news all summer now looks to be promising.
Brent will be welcomed back with open arms, and it really could not have came at a better time. Things are starting to brighten up again in Dallas.