The Dallas Cowboys are getting set to begin training camp, with their first practice scheduled in Oxnard, California on July 21. According to an NFL spokesperson, prior to departing for training camp on July 19, the Cowboys expect to make a decision regarding the status of defensive tackle Josh Brent.
In December of 2012, Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter. The incident that lead to the manslaughter charge, was a car accident involving the death of practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown.
Dallas has take precautions, and prepared to play without Brent in the 2013 season, while they are still waiting for a ruling from the league office. Despite Brent not participating in; the team’s offseason conditioning program, team activities, or minicamp, he is eligible to take part in training camp.
“Brent was released from jail Sunday after spending 11 days in jail for violating the terms of his pretrial release by allegedly testing positive for marijuana twice. The spokesman said Brent’s case regarding the failed drug tests is under review.”
As part of Brent’s release, it is required that he wear a drug patch. Brent has also been ordered to refrain from driving, while continuing previous alcohol monitoring.
In March, officials were alerted by a monitoring device which revealed that Brent had alcohol in his system. Brent had also failed two drug tests within that same month.
Commissioner Roger Goodell does have the authority to suspend Brent before all legal processes come to a close. The suspension could be cited to violate the league’s personal conduct policy.