5'11'' / 208 lbs
Jones was reinstated from suspension Monday before his contract was terminated by Dallas, Howard Balzer of GoPHNX.com reports.
Jones would have been eligible to join Dallas' active roster after completing a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, but the Cowboys elected to release him instead. It's possible that the veteran running back joins the team's practice squad, or he could look for an opportunity elsewhere.
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Jones was released by the Cowboys on Monday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Jones never played for Dallas as he was suspended for the first two weeks of the season due to violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, while he was also dealing with a groin injury during camp. The veteran back was expected to compete for snaps behind starter Tony Pollard this season, but he'll now have to find a new opportunity if he's going to play in 2023.
Jones (groin/suspension) was able to practice Tuesday, giving him a chance to play in the Cowboys' final preseason game Saturday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
The running back is already slated to miss the first two games of the regular season due to a PED suspension, but Jones has also been sidelined in camp and the preseason due to a groin injury. In his absence, Deuce Vaughn and Rico Dowdle have impressed and risen up the depth chart. If Jones can get back up to speed this week and suit up Saturday against the Raiders, he would at least get his own chance to make his case for backup snaps behind Tony Pollard once his suspension is up.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Jones (groin/suspension) will be "challenged" to return this week in time for Dallas' third preseason game, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Jones is suspended for the first two games of the regular season and has missed the first two preseason contests with a groin injury suffered on August 7. The veteran is trying to push for a job behind Tony Pollard, Malik Davis, and Rico Dowdle.
Jones (groin/suspension) isn't in uniform ahead of Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Jones is slated to miss the first two regular-season games of 2023 due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, but he's also picked up a groin injury during training camp, which will keep him sidelined for Dallas' preseason opener. With Ezekiel Elliott no longer in the picture, Tony Pollard is slated for a full-time role, but behind him, there appears to be an open competition for snaps between Jones, Malik Davis, rookie Deuce Vaughn and Rico Dowdle.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that Jones (groin/suspension) is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Already poised to miss the first two games of the season due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, Jones now is dealing with a groin issue that kept him off the practice field Tuesday. It's unclear exactly how much time he'll need to recover, but per McCarthy's comment, he likely won't mix into drills again until next week, at the earliest. With Tony Pollard away from the team tending to a personal matter, Malik Davis, rookie Deuce Vaughn, Rico Dowdle and Hunter Luepke are the Cowboys' available running backs at training camp.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Jones (groin/suspension) will miss some time at practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Jones, who was recently suspended two games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, will also now miss time in training camp due to a groin injury. If Jones' groin injury impacts his availability for preseason action, beginning with Saturday's upcoming match against the Jaguars, it could give Malik Davis an easier path to securing the No. 2 role behind Tony Pollard.
Jones indicated that his PED violation was due to heart medication he's been taking since he entered the league, and that the NFL rejected an appeal of his two-game suspension, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
"We tried to appeal. I asked for a re-test, sample my blood, my health concerns and they didn't really look at it," Jones said Tuesday. "I think there needs to be more protection for the players because if you have health issues, we're a human being outside of football and we have real-life issues, too. My family suffers from heart disease. I just want to clear my name in terms of I'm not cheating the game of football. It's literally a prescription medicine." Jones will still be able to practice with the Cowboys during training camp and the preseason ahead of missing the first two weeks of the regular season, but Malik Davis is now expected to get the first crack at securing the No. 2 spot on the backfield depth chart behind Tony Pollard.
The NFL suspended Jones for the first two games of the 2023 regular season for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enchancing Substances, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Jones will still be eligible to participate in training camp and preseason games, but the Cowboys presumably won't give him many looks in practice if he isn't going to be part of the game plan to begin the regular season. If that's the case, Malik Davis, who signed with Dallas as a UDFA last year, rookie sixth-round pick Deuce Vaughn, and third-year back Rico Dowdle, who mainly played special teams last season, would be candidates for increased snaps behind Tony Pollard during Jones' absence.