Cowboys beginning RT Collins suspended 5 video games

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FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys beginning proper deal with La’el Collins has been suspended 5 video games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse coverage, the league introduced Friday.

Collins’ actual infraction isn’t clear, however sources mentioned he didn’t fail any exams. Nowhere within the coverage is 5 video games listed as a possible penalty both.

Legal professionals for Collins proceed to attraction on his behalf, arguing that his violation of the coverage permits for a advantageous however not a suspension, a supply instructed ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Collins can be eligible to return to the roster Oct. 18, the day after the Cowboys play the New England Patriots.

The Cowboys weren’t caught off guard by the NFL’s choice, however coach Mike McCarthy mentioned throughout his information convention Friday that “the timing of it’s a bit awkward, however it’s simply one thing I am unable to communicate of proper now.”

The suspension will price Collins roughly $2 million and, per the collective bargaining settlement, voids the harm assure value $6.48 million in his 2022 wage.

Collins has began 62 of the 63 video games he has performed for the Cowboys since 2015 at left guard or proper deal with. He missed 13 video games in 2016 due to a toe harm and all of final season due to hip surgical procedure. His look in Thursday’s opener in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was in query the week earlier than kickoff due to a stinger situation that knocked him out of two practices.

With out Collins, the Cowboys might search a alternative in quite a lot of methods.

Veteran Ty Nsekhe and Terence Steele, who began 14 video games final 12 months, served because the backup offensive tackles in opposition to the Buccaneers. If the Cowboys go for a tackle-for-tackle swap, then both might substitute Collins.

“We have lots of expertise final 12 months of shifting folks round, however we would prefer to preserve shifting ahead with the blokes who’ve been working at proper deal with,” McCarthy mentioned. “Clearly [Collins], Ty and Terence have taken the reps there. … We’re eyes large open. You must be as a result of issues occur. We wish to have the ability to have as many mixtures as attainable.”

The Cowboys might additionally shift six-time Professional Bowl proper guard Zack Martin to deal with and preserve Connor McGovern at proper guard. Martin began two video games at proper deal with final 12 months earlier than a calf harm ended his season. Martin stays on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist however is anticipated again in time for the Week 2 recreation in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Final week, McCarthy was requested about taking part in Martin at deal with this season.

“I’d hope we do not have to go that method ever once more,” McCarthy mentioned. “It speaks volumes about Zack Martin how he jumped on the market and gave us the standard of play he was capable of give us.”

Collins’ absence is not going to be the one one for the Cowboys’ offense.

Vast receiver Michael Gallup left the 31-29 loss to the Buccaneers early with a calf pressure {that a} supply mentioned might preserve him out three to 5 weeks. He had 4 catches for 36 yards earlier than getting injured within the second half.

Cedrick Wilson moved in because the No. 3 receiver alongside Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb after Gallup went down.