Travis Henry has been given the green light from the NFL to pursue a comeback, if he can find a team willing to give him a chance.
The 33-year-old running back, who hasn't played in an NFL game since 2007, has been reinstated from the suspended list, a source confirmed with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The source said Henry, whose reinstatement had been earlier reported by Scout.com, is not expected to sign with a team.
He pleaded guilty in 2009 to a single count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine and was sentenced to three years in prison for financing a drug ring that moved cocaine between Colorado and Montana.
He was arrested by federal drug agents in October 2008, just a few months after he was released by the Denver Broncos.
Henry rose from a childhood of poverty -- his single mother picked oranges for a living -- to become a record-setting running back at the University of Tennessee.
One season into a four-year, $22.5 million contract, Henry was cut following allegations of drug use and a perceived lack of commitment.
His income gone, Henry turned to the drug trade in part to cover mounting child support payments, according to court documents and testimony. Henry has said that at the time of his arrest, he was struggling to keep up with child support payments. He has 11 children with 10 women.
Henry has rushed for 6,086 yards and 38 touchdowns in 90 NFL games.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.