Josh Brent can't fumble this chance

If Jerry Jones wants to give Brent a roster spot, who are we to say he's unworthy, since he has paid his debt to society and the NFL. Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth returned to the NFL after committing similar crimes.

Understand, none of this means Brent makes the Cowboys' roster. Much can change in the weeks before he's allowed to return to the team.

Brent is OK'd to return for Week 11. He will not have played in nearly two years. That could be a lifetime in the NFL.

No guarantee exists he will be a factor this season. Or next.

It's not like Brent has been a great player. In 39 games, he has 1.5 sacks and five starts.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett already has figured out what he'll say to Brent the first time he sees him.

"We're here for you. Line 1 for you is simply get your life back together and get acclimated," Garrett said early last month. "I know football is big part of his life. His football family is a big part of his life. And we'll be there to support him.

"Take it one day at a time and make sure you're doing the right things in your life every day and make sure you're doing the right things in your football life every day -- and know that we're here for you."

This is all on Brent now. He's going to get yet another opportunity to play the game he loves. He should expect this to be his last.

Hopefully, he'll take advantage of it. If not, he'll have to ask Jerry Brown's mom to forgive him once again.

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