At the request of Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, Leo Carson served just 8 days of a 30 day sentence in an Alabama jail.
Carson's sentence came from charges of kidnapping and burgarly stemmed from last year when Carson travelled back to Alabama for a funeral. In an attempt to see his daughter, he broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and inexplicably took her sister with him.
According to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Carson was released after a letter was written from Parcells to Circuit Judge Joseph Johnston in Mobile, Alabama.
"Coach Parcells wrote me a letter, saying he needed to be rehabbing his knee," Carson's agent Johnny Brutkiewicz told the paper. "I made the request, and the district attorney was not opposed to it."
Carson recorded 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2003 in limited action. He suffered a torn triceps muscle in with just three weeks left remaining, but expectations were high heading into the start of training camp in late July.
He is expected to compete for a starting role opposite La'Roi Glover during when training camp begins in less than 3 weeks.
"He's a guy that could do a number of different things for us as far as positions go. He could be a back up guy in a rotation, or he could end up playing much more than that," said Parcells. "It just depends."