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ARLINGTON-- Josh Brent could be returning to the NFL.

OnThursday Brent will meet with the league commissioner about his possible return to the game. Not only could Brent return, he could take his spot back with the Cowboys.

NFLCommissioner Roger Goodell will be the one who decides whether to reinstate Brent, who used to play defensive tackle for the Cowboys until he was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for the December 2012 crash that killed friend and teammate Jerry Brown, Jr.

Brent has been out of jail for almost two months and left rehab less than a month ago. His doctors have said it would be in his best interest to return to football, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said he will make a place on the team for him if the NFL clears him.

'It's a great opportunity for him under the circumstances to have made the mistake that he made to do some really good, help a lot of people,' Jones said.

It's unclear how long the process will take, and Jones toldNews 8 that it would not be appropriate for him to try and rush or influence it. He says the decision has to be based on the NFL's rules for player conduct and behavior.

Brent says he's asked for Brown's mother's blessing before returning to the field and she approves.

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