Michael Ausiello
April 19, 2010 AT 09:33 PM EDT

Image Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBCIt’s official: Scott Porter is heading back to Friday Night Lights!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that the celebrated (and sorely missed) Dillon alum is set to reprise his role as ex—Panthers QB Jason Street in the seventh episode of the show’s fifth season (slated to debut on DIRECTV this fall; the fourth season premieres on NBC on May 7)

Porter, who will find out next month whether his CIA-themed CW pilot, Nomads, will be picked up as a series, last appeared on FNL in season 3, when Jason relocated to New York to launch a career as a sports agent.

The actor is one of several FNL vets expected back for the drama’s (likely) final season. Other MVPs on EP Jason Katims’ wish list include Gaius Charles (Smash), Adrianne Palicki (Tyra), and Zach Gilford (Matt). Taylor Kitsch (Tim) and Jesse Plemons (Landry) are also scheduled to return for a handful of episodes.

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