Cowboys Facing Fines for Players Who Are Suspended

For a second consecutive year, the Dallas Cowboys face fines from the NFL under the remittance policy of the league because of the number of players on the team that are suspended.

The NFL currently is finalizing it remittance policy for 2017, but with Damontre Moore a defensive end suspended last week, Dallas has three players that the league has sanctioned this year.

David Irving, a defensive lineman, is suspended for the season’s first four games for violating the PED’s policy of the league. Shaq Evans a wide receiver, who in January signed with the Cowboys but was released afterwards, was suspended for four games for substance-abuse policy violations.

Even though the suspension of Moore came from an incident while he was playing with Seattle, Dallas is still the one penalized. Evans counts against Dallas as well, although he no longer is on the team.

Last year, Dallas was fined $500,000 for three players’ – Rolando McClain, DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory – suspensions.

McClain was suspended initially for 10 games but later received an indefinite suspension. Lawrence received a suspension of four games and Gregory’s suspension increased from four games to 14 in 2016 and he will sit out this season due to multiple violations.

According to the policy in 2016, having three players that are suspended Dallas would be responsible for 25% of the players’ base salary they lose or approximately $91,000.

Three other Cowboys could possibly face suspension including Ezekiel Elliott, Damien Wilson and Nolan Carroll. That could increase the fine to the NFL maximum of $500,000.

With four suspensions or more, the figure in the policy of 2016 increases to 33% of the base salary lost by the players suspended for games missed.

Elliott could be suspended for the alleged domestic violence charge that was made a year ago by his ex-girlfriend. The city attorney’s office in Columbus, Ohio opted to not to charge Elliott, but the NFL can penalize players through its personal conduct policy.

It is not certain when the NFL will rule on Elliott but a decision is not expected this week.

In late May, Carroll was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, while Wilson was arrested July 4 on a pair of counts for assault using a deadly weapon.

The remittance policy for teams was created to hold NFL teams accountable for obtaining players that have violated various policies established by the NFL.