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Cowboys Defensive Lineman Josh Brent to Retire Again

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- For the second time during his NFL career, Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent has decided to retire.

This is the second time that Brent has retired since a conviction for intoxication manslaughter in the crash that killed fellow teammate Jerry Brown in 2012. Brent was placed on the reserve/retired list Friday by the team.

"It is with careful consideration, much thought and reflection that today I announce my retirement from the NFL," Brent said in a statement. "I have not taken this decision lightly, as my time in the NFL and as a member of the Dallas Cowboys has been the opportunity of a lifetime. Two of the greatest institutions in sports are the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys and I am humbled, honored and blessed to have been a part of both."

Brent didn't play football in 2013, and played just one game last season after he had served a 10 game suspension.

He ends his career with 46 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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Josh Brent Allowed to Return to the Cowboys in Week 11

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The NFL is allowing defensive lineman Josh Brent to return to the Dallas Cowboys once he serves a 10-game suspension.

On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Brent can return to the team, but he must stay out of legal trouble and "any prohibited alcohol-related conduct will likely result in an immediate suspension and potential banishment from the NFL."

Back on Dec. 7, 2012, Brent was part of a car accident that killed his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown. Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to six months in jail. He spent the final 45 days of his sentence at an alcohol and drug treatment center.

"If Brent fully complies with these terms, and following an additional report and recommendation from the league's substance abuse program advisors, he will considered for full reinstatement to return to play following Week 10," the NFL's statement said. "Brent may appeal this decision within five days."

The Cowboys have remained supportive and always said they would welcome Brent back if and when he was ready to return to football.

Brent spent three seasons with the Cowboys before the incident.

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Josh Brent Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail, Probation

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(DALLAS) --  Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation Friday for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, linebacker Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash that killed Brown.  Brent was a passenger in Brent's car when it crashed on a suburban Dallas highway.

Both Brent and Brown played together at Illinois, which explains their close friendship during their time in Dallas.  They were driving home from a night out when Brent lost control of his vehicle and crashed.  Officers arriving on the scene saw Brent attempting to pull Brown's body from the wreckage. 

It was later found that Brent's blood alcohol content was at 0.18 percent on that night, which is more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent.  He could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

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Cowboys Tackle Josh Brent Retires

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Cowboys announced today that defensive tacke Josh Brent, who is facing intoxication manslaughter charges, has retired.

Brent was involved in a car accident in December which killed practice squard linebacker Jerry Brown.  His blood alcohol level was 0.18, which is more than twice the legal limit in Texas.

"This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to. I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order," Brent said in a statement.

"Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do."

The Cowboys begin training camp this weekend.

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Dallas Cowboys' Josh Brent Indicted By Grand Jury 

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent has been formally indicted by a grand jury in Texas, according to ESPN.

The indictment is on one count of intoxication manslaughter stemming from a Dec. 8 crash that killed Brown's friend and Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown.

Police in the Dallas area say Brent was speeding when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped.  Brown was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Brent is currently out of jail on a $100,000 bond. The intoxication manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Sources say Brent could be eligible for probation. 

Dallas County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Debbie Denmon says that no court dates have been scheduled yet.

The Cowboys play the Washington Redskins Sunday for the NFC East title.

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Cowboys' Josh Brent Barred from Sidelines

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent will no longer be permitted to be on the sideline the remainder of the season, league sources and the team announced on Tuesday.

Brent is being charged with intoxication manslaughter after killing his teammate, Jerry Brown in a car crash two weeks ago.  The Cowboys and league officials were unaware that Brent would be on the sideline last Sunday against the Steelers.

According to sources, Brent went to the game even though he was unsure of what would be said.  A teammate on injured reserve told Brent that all of his teammates wanted him to be there.  When the third quarter came, Brent had been informed that his presence was causing national debate and left.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was unaware of Brent being on the sidelines until he saw Brent on the television during the game.

"It becomes a real sensitive topic to a lot of people when you're in a public place like the game," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Monday. "There were no bad intentions other than to support Josh as part of our football team. This is a game and you need to be here. That's what our players wanted to convey to him and they really encouraged him to come to the game."

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Cowboys Lineman Josh Brent Arrested After Fatal Car Crash

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with intoxication manslaughter after a car crash in which teammate, linebacker Jerry Brown was killed.

“It appears as if he was traveling at a high rate of speed,” said Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz. “At which time his vehicle touched or impacted the outside curb of the service road, causing his vehicle to flip at least one time.”

The 25-year-old Brown was a member of the Cowboys practice squad. He was a teammate of Brent at the University of Illinois for three seasons.

“I am devastated and filled with grief,” Brent said in a statement through his agent, Peter Schaffer. “Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friend and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time.”

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