Brent’s legal problems make it unlikely that he’ll play at all this year. Even if he were to escape going to prison, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will probably suspend him for a full season, as he did with Donte’ Stallworth, who was forced to sit out the 2009 season after he struck and killed a pedestrian while driving drunk.
But the Cowboys still believe that Brent, whom they drafted in 2010, can be a valuable member of their defensive line, perhaps in 2014. And as a result, they’re likely to keep him on a reserve list and hope he can eventually play again.
After driving drunk and killing his former teammate Jerry Brown, I can’t imagine Brent not getting a long enough prison sentence that won’t wipe out his NFL career.