IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have secured the services of defensive tackle Josh Brent through the 2015 season, according to multiple reports.
Brent isn't eligible to play until after the Cowboys' Week 11 bye week, as he is still serving a 10-game suspension, but the deal will keep him at Valley Ranch through this season and all of next year.
Brent began practicing this week as the latest step in his odyssey back to the playing field. After serving a 180-day jail sentence and subsequent rehab stint earlier this year, he rejoined the Cowboys at the start of the season.
Since he was technically retired when he was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the December 2012 drunk driving accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown, Brent was suspended by the NFL upon his return to the organization. He was suspended for the first 10 games, but he has been able to work out and attend meetings at Valley Ranch this season.
This week Brent returned to the practice field, and he will travel to London with the Cowboys for their Week 10 game against Jacksonville. He will be eligible to play Week 12 against New York.