Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was released from jail Sunday morning, 11 days after he returned to Dallas County's custody due to violating terms of his pretrial release by allegedly testing positive for marijuana twice.
A Dallas County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said Brent was released at 10:21 a.m. due to a court order. The reasoning of the court order was not immediately clear.
Brent, 25, is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge stemming from the high-speed, single-car, early-morning accident on Dec. 8 that killed his best friend Jerry Brown Jr., a Cowboys practice-squad linebacker who was also his college teammate at Illinois. Brent's blood-alcohol level was tested at more than twice the legal limit, according to authorities.
Brent had been out on bond, but he returned to jail June 27 after a June 19 drug test indicated the presence of marijuana in his system. He also tested positive for marijuana in May, and a court-appointed alcohol-monitoring device alerted authorities to the presence of alcohol in his system in March.
Brent remains on the Cowboys' roster, but he did not participate in any of the team's offseason workouts and is not expected to report to training camp later this month.