How Might The Cowboys Replace La'el Collins?

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DallasCowboys.com 10 September, 2021 - 06:57pm 22 views

Why was La El Collins suspended?

According to an NFL spokesperon, starting offensive tackle La'el Collins has been suspended for the next five games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. NFL.com reported NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said the suspension stems from missing drug tests. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthCowboys Starting Tackle La'El Collins Suspended 5 Games

The NFL announced a five-game suspension for the veteran Cowboys right tackle.

That's not too surprising, given that the news of Collins' five-game suspension dropped on the NFL world just 90 minutes before the Cowboys' head coach spoke to reporters.

Fortunately for McCarthy, the Cowboys are entering into a long weekend, which gives him a benefit not often seen in this league: some extra time to weigh his options.

"Obviously, playing on Thursday night gives us some time," McCarthy said Friday. "The players are off, the mandatory three days off. So we'll bring the players in on Monday, we'll spend the morning working on Tampa and then we'll spend the afternoon working on the Chargers."

The Los Angeles Chargers have yet to play their first game, but by the time the Cowboys meet again on Monday, they'll have a full game of tape from L.A.'s season opener against Washington. Most notably for a team that looks to be without its starting right tackle for five weeks, they'll have tape of Chargers Pro Bowl pass rusher Joey Bosa.

McCarthy's not about to divulge the game plan for dealing with Bosa, period – let alone nine days before kickoff. But it was interesting to hear him work through the possible process for replacing Collins in the starting lineup.

On one hand, he did allow that he'd like to continuing working with the primary two backups who have split tackle reps since the start of training camp, Ty Nsekhe and Terence Steele. But when he was asked about the possibility of kicking Zack Martin out to right tackle, he noted that Connor McGovern played well in Thursday night's loss to Tampa Bay.

"We're eyes wide open -- you have to be, because things happen," he said. "We want to be able to have as many combinations as possible."

It'd probably be a mistake to infer too much from that answer. Despite a rash of injuries along the offensive line, the Cowboys were reluctant to move Martin to tackle last fall, hesitating to make the switch until their Week 11 win against Minnesota.

They've also worked Nsekhe and Steele extensively to insure themselves against losing both Collins and Tyron Smith. As McCarthy noted during his press conference, both players have spent the last six weeks working on both sides of the line.

"Ty and Terence have both worked left and right tackle, so I feel very comfortable playing with those guys," he said.

Again, it's probably too early to assume what that means. At least unlike last year, the Cowboys have a handful of experienced options to fill Collins' place. Nsekhe has made 17 spot starts during the course of his career, while last year's injuries gave Steele the opportunity to make 14 of his starts.

Even Martin, who had previously never played an NFL game at tackle, got three opportunities to try his hand at it last year.

The Cowboys do have the benefit of time, but they also have options. It'll be interesting to see how many of them are on the table next week.

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Cowboys tackle La’el Collins suspended 5 games for violating substance-abuse policy

The Dallas Morning News 11 September, 2021 - 04:52am

3:29 PM on Sep 10, 2021 CDT

Following Friday’s news of Michael Gallup’s calf strain which will force the wide receiver to miss three to five weeks, offensive tackle La’el Collins has been suspended without pay by the NFL for five games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

A source told The Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken that Collins never tested positive for any substances, but at one point declined to take a drug test.

Cowboys RT La’el Collins did not test positive for substance, source said. He declined to test. In any event, suspension stands. He’ll be docked five game checks — an amount that would be higher if not for March contract restructure, which converted some salary to signing bonus.

Collins will be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 18, following the team’s Week 6 game at New England.

Given Dallas’ bye in Week 7, the offensive tackle is essentially out of the lineup until Week 8.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the suspension.

A statement from Collins’ representatives read: “We are extremely disappointed in how the NFL has handled this entire matter, from trampling on Mr. Collins’ rights to prematurely releasing the information, knowing a timely appeal was filed, to intentionally misleading the court at the hearing. The extent and effort the NFL went to accomplish its ends is appalling.”

Collins played against the Buccaneers after a stinger he suffered late last month briefly put his availability for the opener in question.

Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin missed the opener due to COVID-19 issues, but may return to the lineup by next Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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La'el Collins' Agent Blasts NFL Over Client's Suspension

ClutchPoints 10 September, 2021 - 08:48pm

Dallas Cowboys tackle La’el Collins was suspended for five games on Friday for allegedly violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. His agent, Peter Schaffer, is infuriated over the situation.

Just check out Schaffer blasting the league, via Pro Football Talk:

“We are extremely disappointed in how the NFL has handled this entire matter from trampling on Mr. Collins rights to prematurely releasing the information knowing a timely appeal was filed to intentionally misleading the court at the hearing,” Schaffer said in a statement. “The extent and effort the NFL went to to accomplish its ends is appalling.”

News of La’el Collins’ suspension came just a day after the Cowboys season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported via sources that the Dallas tackle’s punishment wasn’t even due to a failed drug test. The five-game suspension was issued for failing to show up to a drug test. In the league’s rules from last season, however, that’s not supposed to result in a suspension, making it quite obvious why Collins’ agent is upset about the situation.

It’s not like he was using any drugs in the first place, he simply just missed a test. It doesn’t really seem fair that he could be suspended just for that. La’el Collins played for the Cowboys in their thrilling loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. Barring an appeal or some sort of change, the 28-year-old will miss the next five games and should be available to return during Week 7 when the Cowboys travel to Minnesota and take on the Vikings on a Halloween edition of Sunday Night Football.

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Cowboys RT La'el Collins suspended five games for violation of substance-abuse policy

NFL.com 10 September, 2021 - 03:35pm

Dallas Cowboys starting right tackle La'el Collins has been suspended by the NFL for five games due to violation of the NFL Policy on Substances of Abuse.

Collins' suspension stems from missing drug tests, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Collins, 28, will be eligible to return to the Cowboys' active roster on Oct. 18 after the team's Week 6 game at New England.

Dallas' loss of Collins means the Cowboys won't have their full starting five offensive linemen for the first six games of the season. Collins played in Thursday night's loss to Tampa Bay, but guard Zack Martin missed the game due to a positive COVID-19 test. It was Collins' first action since missing all of the 2020 season with a hip injury.

Though for a vastly different reason, the Cowboys will now once more be without Collins for a long stretch of time.

Collins has been a mainstay in Dallas' starting lineup since his rookie campaign of 2015.

Cowboys RT La'el Collins suspended five games for violation of substance-abuse policy

The Landry Hat 10 September, 2021 - 03:35pm

Dallas Cowboys starting right tackle La'el Collins has been suspended by the NFL for five games due to violation of the NFL Policy on Substances of Abuse.

Collins' suspension stems from missing drug tests, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Collins, 28, will be eligible to return to the Cowboys' active roster on Oct. 18 after the team's Week 6 game at New England.

Dallas' loss of Collins means the Cowboys won't have their full starting five offensive linemen for the first six games of the season. Collins played in Thursday night's loss to Tampa Bay, but guard Zack Martin missed the game due to a positive COVID-19 test. It was Collins' first action since missing all of the 2020 season with a hip injury.

Though for a vastly different reason, the Cowboys will now once more be without Collins for a long stretch of time.

Collins has been a mainstay in Dallas' starting lineup since his rookie campaign of 2015.

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