Josh Brent DL DAL 15 Days

Brent (groin) picked up two tackles in his return to the NFL on Thursday.

He won't be an IDP factor, but Brent should help shore up the Cowboys' run defense.

Josh Brent DL DAL 1 Month

The Cowboys activated Brent from the Reserve/Suspended list Tuesday.

Brent is set to return to action after completing a 10-game suspension. He will provide some depth on the defensive line for the Cowboys.

Josh Brent DL DAL 2 Months

Brent (suspension) returned to practice this week and signed a one-year extension with the Cowboys on Saturday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

He won't be able to play in games until Week 12, but it's good to hear he's back at practice and should be up to speed when he is allowed to return.

Josh Brent DL DAL 3 Months

Brent (suspension) will begin working out and attending team meetings on Monday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

He won't be able to play until Week 12, but he'll have plenty of time to get back up to speed before then.

Josh Brent DL DAL 4 Months

Brent was reinstated by the Cowboys, but will have to serve a 10-game suspension before he's able to play, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Brent initially chose to retire last summer following the December 2012 charge of intoxication manslaughter he faced for the death of teammate Jerry Brown, but he decided to continue his career after serving jail time and completing a rehab program. He won't be completely absolved from his off-field turmoil, however, as the Cowboys will not even allow Brent to return to team facilities until after Week 6 of the season. Furthermore, any other alcohol-related incidents Brent may partake in will likely result in a permanent ban from playing in the NFL. Considering all the black marks on his record as well as his extensive time away from the game, it may be difficult for Brent to reemerge as an NFL-caliber player.

Josh Brent DL DAL 5 Months

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 in 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.

Josh Brent DL DAL 6 Months

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 officially retired from the NFL, but Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones recently said the team would be open to bringing Brent back to the team. It is unclear whether Brent wants to return to football, or if he would face a suspension if he were to return.

Josh Brent DL DAL 7 Months

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.

Josh Brent DL DAL 11 Months

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

Josh Brent DL DAL 11 Months

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.