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    Cowboys OT La’el Collins Still Seeking Appeal of 5-Game Suspension

    Word came down Friday that ' Offensive La'el Collins has been suspended for five games by the NFL under its Substance Abuse Policy. Reports had Collins already failing his initial appeal of the , but over the weekend it's been shared that La'el is still looking to fight the league's decision.

    Collins was able to play in Thursday night's season opener while his appeal was being processed privately. But by Friday afternoon, the suspension was made public and immediately effective.

    According to NFL insider Jason La Canfora with , La'el was not suspended for any positive tests but for missing too many of his required testing sessions. But as you dig into the details, Collins' infractions show some trademark mismanagement and heavy-handedness from 's office.

    La'el has been subject to about 10 monthly tests for a year and a half. He's reportedly missed only seven of those tests, which would compute at less than 4% of the total tests he's been required to take.

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    The also shows that Collins' absences generally had a reasonable excuses, such as when the Cowboys players were being told to stay home due to COVID risks or other personal conflicts. La'el's agent and lawyers will likely appeal on the basis of the NFL's arbitrary decision to suspend him for these absences, for which is there is no specific language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Cowboys fans can't help but shudder as memories of 2017 flood come to mind. That season was marred by 's suspension for a domestic abuse accusation, one which never led to charges and was clear sign of the league trying to score P.R. points through it's most high-profile franchise.

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    La'el Collins isn't a superstar like Zeke but yet again we find the NFL making up the rules as they go. In 2017, Elliott didn't finally serve his suspension until a lengthy series of court battles played out into early November. We'll see what kind of fight that Collins brings to Goodell's “justice” system as this story unfolds.

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    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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    CaLEAFornia

    4% of missed tests?? …..10/mo?? And here I thought the substance abuse laws had changed for the lesser. Totally unacceptable…..sheesh

    Todd

    The NFL league office has always had it out for the Cowboys. Roger Goodell gets off on sticking it to the Cowboys and always has. He is an unethical piece of garbage.

    lawrence stacy

    Goodell gets his jollies off of Dallas.

    MarkFrTX

    I find it fascinating that the suspension was handed out after season opener. Evilell (nothing good about him) didn’t want the backlash to tarnish the new season.

    Quint Thomas

    10 tests per month? Seriously?

    Starfire Blue

    Goodell has a major jealousy complex about the Cowboys popularity. Each year he assures that they have as many disadvantages as can be contrived — scheduling, suspensions, players fined for questionable actions, etc. If the owners don’t replace him, they tacitly admit they are in concert with his bias. Unfortunately the overall approach has been to change the NFL from sport entertainment to money oriented business activities. There are no teams anymore, just a fluid collection of persons killing time, changing from group to group as events happen. The best football from a sports contest view is played at the High School level. Past that, it goes downhill very quickly.

    Tony K Potts

    The commissioner has a long track record of poor decisions concerning both players and the league. The commissioners powers and decisions should be independently reviewed for his possible removal.

    VAM

    Is that normal, 10 tests a month for 18 months???

    Chuck Nelson

    Jerry should get the owners together and have Goodell removed once and for all.