Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett echoed owner Jerry Jones is saying he would welcome former defensive tackle Josh Brent back to the team if he is cleared to return by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Brent is seeking reinstatement into the league after completing the terms of his 180-day jail sentence after being convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the December 2012 car incident that killed Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown.
Brent, 26, will meet with Goodell on Thursday to determine if their will be any additional punishment under the league's personal conduct policy.
Jones said Brent deserves a second chance and promised a roster spot if he is reinstated by Goodell.
Garrett is on board with Brent returning to the team and the continued support by the Cowboys.
"What it’s been all along really. 'We’re here for you. Job one for you is simply to get your life back to get together and get yourself acclimated'," Garrett said, when asked what his message would be to Brent if he returned to the team. "I know football is a big part of his life, his football family is a big part of his life and we will be there to help him and support him.
“Just one day at a time, make sure you are doing the right things in your life everyday and that you’re doing the right things in your football life every day and know that we are here for you."
Cornerback Morris Claiborne said the players would "welcome Brent back with open arms."
“I feel like everything happens for a reason," Claiborne said. "You never know what that reason may be. Everybody deserves a second chance. No matter what you’ve been through, you deserve a second chance. When he comes back, we’re going to welcome him back with open arms.”
Tight end Jason Witten agreed with Claiborne.
“Obviously that was a tragedy what happened,” Witten said. “I think with anything you’re able to forgive those guys and really support them all you can. Sounds like he’s been through a lot. We’ve seen him here and there the last couple of years and was just somebody we enjoyed playing with and was a great teammate and good player for us.”