Defensive end Richard Dent, fighting a 30-day NFL suspension for refusing to take a drug test, has reached an agreement with the league and had the suspension lifted.
A statement from the league, released Wednesday, said:"Commissioner Rozelle ruled that Richard Dent may remain on the Chicago Bears' active roster on condition that the player fully complies with the league's substance abuse policy.
"Dent and his attorney waived a hearing and asked the commissioner to make his decision on the basis of the undisputed facts.
"Dent's recent refusal to test was based on inaccuracies and misinformation. He now realizes and accepts that he is fully subject to the NFL policy, including the reasonable cause testing provision."
The lifting of the suspension allows Dent to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in a key Central Division contest.
Dent was slapped with the suspension last week, but he was allowed to play in the Bears' 17-13 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday after Steve Zucker, his attorney, went to court to challenge the suspension. Dent contended the NFL had no reasonable cause to ask him for a urine sample.