Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the team would clear a roster spot for Josh Brent once the NFL reinstates him, but sources say league punishment is coming for the defensive tackle.

He is among the players awaiting disciplinary decisions from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league office, and based on information from league sources, Brent will not be playing for the Cowboys -- or any other team -- when the season opens.

"He's not just going to walk back onto the field," a source said.