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Josh Brent Files for Reinstatement

Brent retired from football last year, prior to his trial on intoxication manslaughter charges

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Josh Brent Files for Reinstatement

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Looking to return to the NFL, former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is set to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell before the end of next week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Before his trial on intoxication manslaughter charges last year, Brent retired from the game. He was ultimately sentenced to 180 days in jail, ten years of probation and 45 days in a rehab facility. He was released from jail in mid-June, and got out of rehab on Monday.

Brent’s agent Peter Schaffer says his client has grown a great deal as a result of the ordeal, but acknowledges there’s still plenty of work to be done before he’s cleared to return to the field. Brent officially filed for reinstatement on Tuesday, after receiving the blessing of the family of Jerry Brown, Jr., Brent’s best friend and teammate who was killed in that December 2012 crash.

"There are a lot of bridges that had to be crossed to get to this point and there still are bridges that have to be crossed now," Schaffer said. "But I do believe he is a much mature and aware individual. He'll be a better player and person. He'll be playing with a sense of purpose for Jerry's family, and people will see he deserves a second chance."

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