Since the regular season ended, the NFL has delayed taking action regarding Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent, who faces intoxication manslaughter charges after a December 2012 auto accident that claimed the life of teammate Jerry Brown.
With Brent and prosecutors unable to work out an agreement to resolve the charges and trial looming in November, the league needs to make a decision on Brent before training camp opens. According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the league will.
A league spokesman told Archer that a decision on Brent’s status is expected next week, before training camp opens on July 21.
The Cowboys don’t expect Brent to play in 2013, but he currently is eligible to show up for work. And he counts against the 90-man roster. Unless the Cowboys cut him, Brent has every right to report to camp and prepare for the season.
Alcohol offenses fall not under the personal-conduct policy but the substance-abuse policy. Under either provision, Commissioner Roger Goodell has the ability to make the initial suspension decision and to appoint the person who will handle the appeal.