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    BREAKING: Cowboys OT La’el Collins Suspended 5 Games

    Offensive has been suspended five games by the NFL for violating the Substance Abuse Policy. The ' starting will miss Weeks 2-6 and, according to reports, has already attempted to appeal and failed.

    Collins started last night as the Cowboys lost their season opener to the . His status for the game had been in question just days earlier as he missed practices with a neck stinger, but La'el returned in time to play in .

    Now he will be out until October.

    This makes veteran the likely starter at right tackle. Signed to be the swing tackle, he's maintained that status despite being 35 years old and having younger prospects like and competing for the job.

    was out last night due to the protocol but nearly returned to play the Bucs. He should be back for Week 2 and will hopefully keep the right side of the solvent in Collins' absence.

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    Todd

    Mercy you can almost see the Cowboys season circling the drain already.

    Mr. Cowboys 1966

    Next man step up like Conner Wiliams

    Don Howard

    That’s what happens when you sign players with huge character marks and put them in important positions you generally get burned seems like it happens every year

    Todd

    I hope they move Martin outside to fill Collins spot. If they were happy with what they saw from Connor against Tampa this gives you your best 5 players in the game. I like the thought of Martin going against Bosa this week…and I am guessing Dak does as well.

    Cowboys fan

    I think it’ll be better to put Martin out there at RT and let Connor McGovern stay in at RG!! McGovern played against the bucs and he was one linemen that we didn’t hear anything about, and that’s a good thing!! We heard Tyron smith’s name for holding, we heard Connor Williams name for holding and we seen Tyler Biadasz get beat up the middle, but we didn’t have any problems out of Connor McGovern!! So I think the best thing to do is put Martin in at tackle and keep McGovern at guard!! I just don’t trust Nsekhe enough to play him, not after seeing him get beat so much in training camp!!

    Cowboys fan

    I thought they were gonna stop suspending players over drug tests…. They are only supposed to be fined!! I think there’s something going on with this situation!! Collins just didn’t show up for some drug tests, he didn’t actually fail any!! I know in most cases a person that don’t show up for a drug test will be considered to have failed a drug test, but even if that’s what the NFL did with Collins, they still should’ve given him a fine, not suspend him!! And then the NFL does something to where Collins and his lawyer can’t appeal it!! That’s not right!!

    VAM

    Agree with putting Martin outside and keeping McGovern at G. Makes sense.

    Do not understand these players that do these PEDs. He missed the test(s) for a reason. They know the consequences. Just hurting the team.