Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones admits he was surprised by the length of Josh Brent’s suspension, but he’s glad that the conditions of the NFL’s punishment will allow for Brent to practice before he gets back in a game.
Earlier this week, Brent was conditionally reinstated by the NFL and suspended for ten games. However, he’ll be allowed to attend meetings in beginning in Week Seven and to practice beginning in Week Nine. If all goes to plan, he’ll be eligible to play beginning in Week 11.
"A critical part of the terms of his reinstatement was that he was going to get to have some time in pads with the team earlier than that 10 games mentioned," Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan. "That's a big deal. ... First of all, [defensive coordinator] Rod Marinelli hadn't seen him, so that was going to be problematic. Now we'll get to see him and get to be involved in watching him get in play in shape. He's working hard. But certainly 10 games was a lot more than I thought that it would be. But we'll make it work."
Brent is staying in North Texas while serving his suspension, and working out at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney.
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