- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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ARLINGTON, Texas – Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones anticipates that commissioner Roger Goodell will rule on defensive tackle Josh Brent’s reinstatement to the NFL before the Saturday afternoon’s deadline to cut rosters to 53 players.
“I’m thinking that it was in the next day or two, but we haven’t heard from it,” Jones said. “I’m just sure we’ll get some word here as we’re making this roster and we’re making these decisions about the status of players and certainly the players that are on the 53. So I would think just knowing that it’s roster-making time, we would hear something from the league on Josh Brent.”
The Cowboys will create a roster spot for Brent as soon as he’s ruled eligible by the NFL.
Brent has not played since the December 2012 car accident that killed practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown. Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to 180 days in jail, with a judge allowing him to serve the final 45 days in an addiction rehabilitation center.
Sources recently told ESPN’s Ed Werder that Brent, who retired last summer while awaiting his trial, will have to serve a suspension before being allowed to play for the Cowboys again. The length of the suspension is up to Goodell, whom Jones believes will make a ruling before the Cowboys must make their roster moves Saturday.