Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent sits on the bench...

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent sits on the bench during a game against the Green Bay Packers. Credit: Getty, 2010

The Dallas Cowboys have activated defensive tackle Josh Brent, another step toward his return to the field almost two years after a drunken-driving crash that led to his conviction for intoxication manslaughter.

Brent was placed on the 53-man roster Tuesday. The NFL granted his petition for reinstatement before the season but suspended him for 10 games.

Coach Jason Garrett hasn't indicated when Brent will be ready to play. He says Brent, who has been practicing for two weeks, is overweight.

The Cowboys have their bye this week before playing at the New York Giants on Nov. 23.

The 26-year-old Brent's last game was Dec. 2, 2012, six days before the crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown in the Dallas suburb of Irving.

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