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    Exclamation Elliott suspension again lays bare the flaws of how Jerry Jones does business

    By Tim Cowlishaw
    sportsday.dallasnews.com


    The party’s over. The celebration of all things Jerry Jones came to a screeching and decisive halt Friday morning.
    Less than one week after Jones threw a $10 million-plus party on the eve of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jones’ method of doing business was called into question when the NFL suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of the 2017 season.
    If Elliott’s suspension is not reduced, the Cowboys will have 16 players suspended for 108 games since the start of the 2014 season. It was a league-leading total even before the NFL finished its lengthy investigation into Elliott’s alleged incidents of domestic violence.

    The NFC East, a division owned by the Cowboys in 2016, is officially open for business.

    The Cowboys’ best hope now is a reduction to a four-game suspension on appeal. It’s difficult to predict if they really have a chance to make that happen since the league’s report Friday indicated it had found evidence of physical violence.
    But even a reduction to four games would mean the team plays without the NFL’s leading rusher against the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams. Those are teams that ranked 10th, fourth, second and ninth in defense last year. If an appeal is unsuccessful, add the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers to that list.
    Does the hammer that Commissioner Roger Goodell dropped Friday change Elliott moving forward? He stands to lose about $93,000 per game in salary and possibly $240,000 per game in signing bonus money. It also removes the guarantee from his contract, although there is no likelihood of the Cowboys getting rid of him, barring future indiscretions.
    However, the league’s letter to Elliott indicated that a future domestic violence violation, per league rules, could ban him from the NFL for life.
    Jones has spoken so openly of late about his belief that there would be no suspension and that the NFL’s report had “no domestic violence” within it, this had to come as a shocking blow, both in terms of his understanding of how the league would adjudicate this manner and as to how the Cowboys will look in September.

    Dallas will play the Giants without Elliott, without defensive ends David Irving, Damontre Moore and Randy Gregory, all suspended. Linebacker Damien Wilson (assault) and cornerback Nolan Carroll (DUI) could face punishment down the line. As much as fans might hope for Elliott to change his ways, at what point does Jones change how he pursues high-risk players, now that we have seen things come unraveled at the start of the 2017 season?
    Jones always points to the success the Cowboys had with Michael Irvin (a player he did not draft) and Charles Haley (already a proven Pro Bowl player in San Francisco who had disputes with teammates and management there) as justification for his rolls of the dice. That Super Bowl success came a generation ago, long before cellphone cameras, before social media, before the NFL even thought about having a "personal conduct" policy.
    One has to look at today's developments and ask if the Cowboys are not only living on the past but living in the past when it comes to doing business.
    Jones loves to talk about risk and an unwillingness to "lay up to the lake," but risks are exactly that. Sometimes you pay a heavy price for them, and the Cowboys are finding that out in 2017.
    Although Elliott had no criminal record to give anyone pause, there were stories of his partying at Ohio State and how even his roommate Joey Bosa had stopped hanging out with him. The Cowboys whispered that they would keep an eye on him, but they rarely do anything of the sort with their high-risk players. They really had no idea what Greg Hardy was doing while living in downtown Dallas during his brief stay here.
    Jones’ initial reaction is all but certain to be defiance. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Jones was “furious” shortly after Friday’s announcement. There also has to be a high level of embarrassment, considering how confidently he announced to all who would listen that the club had nothing to fear in terms of a suspension and that there was no domestic violence in the league’s report.
    Jones could not have been more wrong. His complete lack of concern for a potential victim of domestic violence in this case could not be more appalling.
    And one day, after the fury and the anger have settled down and the appeal has played out, Jones needs to think about whether 21 straight seasons without an NFC Championship Game have anything to do with the kinds of players the Cowboys seek without hesitation.

    Cowboys suspensions
    A list of other current Cowboys suspensions and possible upcoming suspensions.
    Suspended
    Randy Gregory, DE, 16 games: Violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Gregory, a 2015 second-round pick, was suspended three times last season for failing drug tests. He is in the final stage of the league's substance abuse policy, meaning he is subject to unannounced testing up to 10 times in a month.
    David Irving, DL, 4 games: Violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Irving took a pre-workout booster during the offseason that raised his testosterone levels.
    Damontre Moore, DE, 2 games: Violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Moore was arrested in December on suspicion of DWI while he was a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
    Possible suspensions
    Nolan Carroll, CB: The veteran defensive back was arrested and charged in June for DWI after he was driving on the wrong side of the road at 2:20 a.m. in Dallas. Carroll could receive a similar suspension as Moore for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Carroll's next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 22
    Damien Wilson, LB: Wilson was arrested last month and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he backed his truck into a woman and flashed a rifle at a man outside Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Wilson could face a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

    With all the players suspended or waiting suspension this season that franchise has become a clown car !
    And this carnival barker is in the HOF ?
    Last edited by Talon_60; 08-12-2017 at 05:15 PM.
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    They did Randy Gregory a great disservice by drafting him. The man needed a high character veteran locker room and instead he got this mess. He seems like the type who would have failed anyway, an addict. Throwing him into this zoo wasn't going to help him at all. Considering the abilities of the people on that list, it would be easy to cut some of them to send a message. Instead Jerry Jones is sending a message to everyone that character doesn't matter. They're probably the only team in the league that will get deeper as the season goes on.
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    I agree wholeheartedly , Packy . He's driven to acquire top talent regardless of character flaws which is itself a character flaw.
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