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BREAKING: Cowboys TE Rico Gathers Receives One-Game Suspension

already had an uphill climb to return to the ' in 2019. But that climb just got even steeper; the NFL handed down a one-game to Gathers today for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

If he does make the team this year, with Dallas or anyone else, Rico will have to sit out Week One of the season without pay.

Gathers' chances of returning in 2019 were already hurt by 's reversed . He dropped to fourth on the TE behind Witten, , and , and Dallas only kept three tight ends last year.

The Cowboys also added Codey McElroy as a developmental player during the .

While the suspension is news, the incident that led to it is not. Dallas already knew about the arrest, which occurred in early September of 2018, and have kept Gathers around up until now.

The NFL's substance abuse system is pretty formulaic, so the Cowboys likely anticipated this suspension all along. This may not change anything about how they value Rico Gathers for the .

Nevertheless, a player who can't help you in Week One and is a liability for ever longer down the road is definitely a red flag against Gathers' job security.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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