Cowboy running back Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t heard back from the NFL on his investigation – but defensive end Damontre Moore, who once starred at Texas A&M, received a two-game suspension on Friday. The announcement means three Dallas defensive linemen will start the season serving suspensions, with Moore joining defensive ends David Irving (four games/performance enhancing drugs)and Randy Gregory (at least a year/multiple violations of substance abuse policy).
From the NFL’s statement:
Damontre’ Moore of the Dallas Cowboys has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Moore will be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ active roster on Monday, September 18 following the team’s September 17 game against the Denver Broncos.
Moore is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
The defensive end received praise from head coach Jason Garrett and GM/owner Jerry Jones after Thursday’s training camp practice in Oxnard.
But the 2013 Giants third-round pick has seen trouble before, as SportsDay Cowboys insider Kate Hairopoulos noted:
“Moore believes a meaningful turning point will finally come this season, playing for his hometown team,” she wrote earlier this season. “He has 10 career sacks, including 5.5 for New York in 2014, but he’s bounced around and underachieved because of maturity issues.
“The Giants cut him after a locker room fight with a teammate over headphones in December of 2015. He was waived by Miami after the 2016 draft and was arrested on suspicion of DWI last December in King County, Wash. But Moore impressed during organized team activities and minicamp at right end while Benson Mayowa and DeMarcus Lawrence rehabbed injuries. Dallas is even looking at him as a gunner on punt coverage. He spent part of his of his offseason at Von Miller’s pass rush camp. He and the Denver Broncos star and Super Bowl MVP are longtime friends.”
Garrett said Thursday that the front office felt confident Moore had moved on from past troubles.
“Damontre has done a nice job,” Garrett said. “He had a really good offseason program with us. He came to work every day and he got better. His approach has been outstanding. He’s someone we liked a lot coming out of school. Obviously went to the Giants and did a lot of good things for them as a pass rusher and also as a special teams player.
“Then he was going through some rough patches and, if you remember, we worked him out here last year and weren’t quite ready to sign him at that point. But he’s done a lot of work on really just kind of getting himself in order over the last 12 months and we’re glad we brought him back in the spring because he’s handled the work well. Hopefully day by day he continues to grow as a person and as a player.”
“We had some people in our building visit from him and talk to him about getting on a program,” Garrett continued. “There was some stuff that we felt like he improved upon greatly. And we felt comfortable enough to sign him under our conditions.
“We’re excited [with what] we have so far and again, we’ll evaluate him day by day.”
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