Josh Brent doesn’t know whether he’ll play Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys insist no decision has been made, and the defensive tackle said he will be a game-time decision.
But Brent maintains he’s ready despite still being above his playing weight of 320 pounds.
“I think he's had some good solid work days out there for us,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “He's fairly nimble. He's getting in better shape. He's really strong at the point. I've seen more than that. The guy's a good athlete. Right now, it's about conditioning and getting in better shape and keying into what we're doing.”
Brent, 26, last played in a game on Dec. 2, 2012. He has missed 30 regular-season games after a drunk-driving wreck that killed teammate Jerry Brown.
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Brent retired last season while awaiting trial, and after serving his sentence – 180 days in jail and 10 years probation – the NFL imposed a 10-game suspension.
Now, he’s back for a second chance.
“He’s just champing at the bit, and you just see things that are really indicative of good teams,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. “You can be in drills, and you’ll see a big 300, and in his case, a good 330-340 pounds, running after the ball 15 yards down the field. That’s the kind of effort you’re getting from practice sessions from these interior guys. Well, that’s a positive. You also see him drive that All-Pro center we’ve got back there back into the backfield some times, which is good for both of them.”