OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys working again Ronald Jones has been suspended for the primary two video games of the common season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug coverage.
Jones, who signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys in March, can proceed to apply throughout coaching camp and play in preseason video games. His suspension takes impact on Sept. 3, and he’s eligible to return to the Cowboys on Sept. 18, a day after their Week 2 assembly in opposition to the New York Jets.
Jones had simply 17 carries in six video games final yr with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, ending with 70 yards and a landing. His finest season got here in 2020, when he had 978 yards on 192 carries and 7 touchdowns in serving to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the Tremendous Bowl.
The Cowboys are skinny on expertise behind beginning working again Tony Pollard, who’s getting back from high-ankle surgical procedure in January. Rico Dowdle, Malik Davis and Deuce Vaughn, a sixth-round choose on this yr’s draft, are competing for the spots behind Pollard with Jones.
Dowdle performed in 5 video games final yr earlier than an ankle damage ended his season. He has simply seven carries for twenty-four yards in his profession. Davis made the Cowboys final yr as an undrafted free agent. He had 161 yards on 38 carries and a landing final yr to associate with six catches for 63 yards.
“I inform you, I am loving Rico,” coach Mike McCarthy stated earlier than the announcement of Jones’ suspension. “It is nice to have him again. Malik, he is taken that bounce that you simply’re on the lookout for. These two guys have actually jumped out. Clearly, we have to get Deuce concerned. I feel that is necessary … He is a man that was on my thoughts through the summer time.”