Linebacker Brandon Joiner has not been back to Cincinnati since May 21. When he returns sometime in the next couple of months, he might be one of the happiest people to see the approach into Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Joiner's life and aspiring football career were put on hold last May 23 when he was sentenced to serve two concurrent three-year terms for a 2007 robbery and felony drug charges he committed as an 18-year-old freshman at Texas A&M.

He served eight months and was released Jan. 15. The next day he was in a Killeen, Texas, gym resuming his conditioning. He is expected to report when offseason conditioning begins in mid-April.