Joseph Randle did not play in Sunday’s 13-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in part because of a strained oblique, but Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the team is concerned about the mental well-being of their running back.
“I'm always concerned as to any issues regarding the [mental] health of a player," Jones said. "It's a lot more serious than the football [injury].”
Randle has been excused from the team since last Wednesday. According to sources, Randle is facing discipline for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, stemming from an incident in Wichita, Kansas, last winter.
Randle made a call to Irving, Texas, police last week because of concern about the whereabouts of his girlfriend. However, no wrongdoing was found. The Cowboys have said Randle is dealing with a personal issue on top of the personal-conduct policy penalty and losing his starting job.
The NFL could announce a decision on Randle’s status as soon as Monday, according to a source. He could face a suspension or fine. He met with NFL officials in September after he was cleared legally from a domestic-violence call involving the mother of his son. From a pure fantasy perspective, it's gives Darren McFadden a big upgrade in value at least for the short term, but definitely until Randle's situation has more clarity.
Dez Bryant is active and will likely be on some kind of snap count in this contest, but one would think he'll be on the field for any kind of red zone snaps. He could also be pulled if the game gets out of hand either way so he comes with risks. RB Joseph Randle is inactive as expected leaving Darren McFadden with what should be a nice workload. In both cases, this is a tough fantasy matchup for any Cowboy player.
Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram explains that Randle remains absent from the team. He left the team abruptly on Wednesday, claiming to be worried about the safety of his girlfriend.
Meanwhile, the NFL continues to review Randle for potential discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy, arising from an offseason allegation of domestic violence.
“The NFL is reviewing at this time, as a matter of fact today, reviewing his issue he had last spring in Wichita that cleared the legal and cleared the law enforcement of Wichita, but still the NFL’s conduct policy has other aspects to it and so they’ve been reviewing that,” owner Jerry Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, via Hill. “That could have some consequences.”
Randle’s absence gives Darren McFadden more opportunities to cement his position at the top of the depth chart, the story said, at least for the short term. McFadden rushed for 152 yards last Sunday in a loss to the Giants.
Oct 30, 2015 · 6:45 PM EDT
Cowboys RB Joseph Randle (back, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Randle is out this week and is facing disciplinary action for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Darren McFadden will get the start and Christine Michael will serve as the change-of-pace back. It’s a very tough matchup against Seattle, but the Dallas offensive line should be able to create a few opportunities.