It’s still unclear whether Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent will be punished by the league before the criminal charges against him are resolved. If not, the criminal charges eventually will conflict with his work schedule.
According to Bloomberg.com, Brent’s trial on intoxication manslaughter charges will begin on September 23.
In past cases involving DUI fatalities, the NFL has waited for the criminal case to conclude before imposing discipline. When quarterback Mike Vick faced indictment for dog fighting and related charges, he was immediately suspended pending resolution of the criminal case.
Absent a suspension, Brent will be able to participate in the offseason program, training camp, the preseason, and three regular-season games before his trial starts. The NFL may not be inclined to allow Brent to play with felony charges pending.
On December 8, Brent crashed the vehicle he was driving, claiming the life of Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown.