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Josh Brent | Defensive Lineman

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/30/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 320
College: Illinois
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The Cowboys declared DT Josh Brent, QB Dustin Vaughan, S Jakar Hamilton, OT Donald Hawkins, LB Dekota Watson, OT Tony Hills, and DE Ken Boatright inactive for Sunday night against the Eagles.
There are no surprises among the Cowboys' inactives. Dec 14 - 7:26 PM

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Cowboys DT Josh Brent will be active for Thursday's game against the Bears.

Brent came off the reserve/suspended list three weeks ago, but had yet to be up on a game day. He should see very limited snaps as a rotational lineman.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 4 - 6:32 PM

Cowboys DT Josh Brent is inactive for Week 12.

Brent was activated from suspension last week, but isn't ready to return. The rest of the Cowboys inactives are DT Terrell McClain, S Jakar Hamilton, OT Donald Hawkins, CB Tyler Patmon, OT Tony Hills, and QB Dustin Vaughan.
Nov 23 - 7:10 PM

Cowboys DT Josh Brent is expected to be active this week.

Brent hasn't played in a game since 2012, but resumed practicing last week. He should return when first eligible Sunday night against the Giants. Brent will provide rotational depth behind Henry Melton and Nick Hayden.
Nov 21 - 5:23 PM

Cowboys activated DT Josh Brent from the reserve/suspended list.

LB Tim Dobbins was waived in a corresponding roster move. Brent hasn't appeared in a game since the 2012 drunk-driving incident that killed former teammate Jerry Brown. Brent served 180 days in jail after being convicted of intoxication manslaughter. He'll be an extra body for the Cowboys' undermanned front seven, but it's possible Brent won't be active when Dallas returns from its Week 11 bye. Brent isn't yet in shape.
Nov 11 - 4:31 PM

Cowboys signed DT Josh Brent to a one-year extension.

Brent has not played in a game since 2012, but began practicing this week and is eligible to return from suspension against the Giants Week 12. He should provide a boost to the Cowboys' rush defense. Brent is only 26 years old.
Nov 1 - 12:57 PM

Suspended Cowboys DT Josh Brent still needs to lose weight.

Brent was reinstated into the league ahead of Week 1 and immediately slapped with a 10-game suspension. He's eligible to begin practicing next week, and can start playing Week 12. However, he's not guaranteed to play then because he's not yet in shape. Brent could provide a boost in run defense.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Oct 29 - 10:31 AM

NFL reinstated Cowboys DT Josh Brent; suspended him 10 games.

Brent, who last played in 2012, can return to team activities after six weeks. He'll be first eligible to play in Week 12 against the Giants. Brent spent 180 days in jail following his January conviction for intoxication manslaughter. Any other team would have likely pulled the plug on Brent, but the Cowboys badly need him along their thin defensive line. Brent is only 26 years old.
Sep 2 - 6:23 PM

Former Cowboys DT Josh Brent will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to discuss reinstatement.

Brent, 26, was released from his substance abuse program last Tuesday and hopes to continue his career. Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said he'll clear a roster spot for Brent if he's reinstated by the league. Dallas is so desperate for help on defense that they'll take on this distraction. Brent can play the run.
Aug 5 - 8:49 AM

Former Cowboys DT Josh Brent was released from his residential substance abuse treatment program Tuesday.

Brent hopes to continue his career, and will meet with Roger Goodell within the next two weeks to discuss reinstatement. Even if he is reinstated, Brent could still face league discipline. The Cowboys are Brent's most likely landing spot if he reenters the league. Dallas needs D-Line help, and Jerry Jones has already said he would consider giving Brent an opportunity. Brent is only 26.
Jul 30 - 8:07 PM

Former Cowboys DT Josh Brent was released from jail.

Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in connection with a December 2012 drunk-driving crash that killed Cowboys practice squad LB Jerry Brown. Brent has retired, but Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones recently said the team would be open to bringing Brent back. It is unclear whether Brent wants to return to football, or if he would face a suspension if he were to return. He's still only 26, and we'd have to imagine he needs money.
Jun 15 - 6:24 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said the team would be open to bringing back retired DT Josh Brent once he's released from jail.

Brent, of course, is in jail after he was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ten years' probation. Brent got off extremely easy. He was facing 20 years behind bars. That the Cowboys would even entertain this potential circus points to how dire the situation is on the defensive line in Dallas. Brent "retired" from the NFL last summer.
Jun 3 - 2:41 PM

Ex-Cowboys DT Josh Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation as a result of his intoxication manslaughter conviction.

Brent is getting off easy, considering he was facing a maximum of 20 years behind bars. Brent was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter on Wednesday. His sentence was handed down Friday. Brent retired from the NFL in July. The Cowboys haven't seemed to close the door on a potential reunion down the road.
Jan 24 - 12:32 PM

Former Cowboys DT Josh Brent has been convicted of intoxication manslaughter.

After two days of deliberation, a Dallas County jury found Brent guilty. In December of 2012, Brent was driving drunk and wrecked his car, killing passenger and teammate Jerry Brown. Brent now faces up to 20 years in prison but also could be placed on probation. He retired from the NFL last summer.
Jan 22 - 5:07 PM

Cowboys NT Josh Brent is retiring from the NFL after three seasons to focus on his off-the-field issues.

Brent says "it's the right thing to do" in order for him to get his life back on track following his December intoxicated manslaughter arrest that resulted in the death of teammate and best friend Jerry Brown. We were expecting a decision on Brent's roster spot to come before the weekend, but this wasn't the outcome many saw coming. Brent recorded 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks after being a seventh-round pick in the 2010 Supplemental Draft out of Illinois. We may see him back on an NFL field someday, but that's not a given.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 01:47:00 PM

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