Report: Cowboys give DT Josh Brent one-year extension

Josh Brent played his collegiate ball at the University of Illinois.

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Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent returned to practice this week.

Brent, who returned to the practice field for the first time since a drunken-driving vehicle accident that killed his teammate Jerry Brown in 2012, also signed a one-year extension with the team through 2015, according to ESPN.com’s Field Yates.

The NFL suspended Brent 10 games, which he immediately appealed. The first game for which Brent is eligible is Nov. 23 against the New York Giants.

"It’s going to be big for us," cornerback Brandon Carr said earlier this week, via The Dallas Morning News. "From what I remember before he left the game, he was on his way to being one of the dominant defensive linemen in the game. Hopefully by getting him back sooner than later, he’s getting acclimated back to the game, just back to the pace of the game, to the locker room, to everything, just life with football again."

Brent last played Dec. 2, 2010 against the Philadelphia Eagles, which was six days before  the fatal crash.

Brent spent 180 days in jail after a 10-year prison term was suspended.

The Cowboys also activated rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who has been sidelined with a foot injury.