Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a radio interview Friday that the 10-game suspension handed down to defensive tackle Josh Brent as part of his conditional reinstatement to the NFL was longer than Jones expected.
“It was a lot more than I thought it would be,” Jones said, according to CBS-DFW. “The critical part of the terms in Josh Brent’s case is that he will be able to have time with the team [before he begins playing in week 11]. Brent hasn’t been in pads in 18 months.”
Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in January for his role in a December 2012 car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.
Brent, who did not play last season after announcing his retirement in July, was sentenced to 180 days of jail time and 10 years' probation. He spent the final 45 days of his jail sentence in rehab.
Under the terms of Brent's conditional reinstatement, he can visit the Cowboys' practice facility after Week 6, practice after Week 9 and is eligible to play in games by Week 11.
Brent's agent, Peter Schaffer, has reportedly said he will appeal the suspension.
The 26-year-old recorded 31 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 39 games over three seasons in Dallas after being drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 supplemental draft out of Illinois.
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