Dallas Cowboys Right tackle La’el Collins was suspended for five games earlier this month and details of the discipline began to leak out on Sunday.
Collins, 28, was suspended on September 10 for missing seven drug tests and then attempting to bribe the league’s test collector, ESPN reported.
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According to the report, the NFLPA helped negotiate a lower suspension of just two games, but after the seven-year veteran appealed the suspension, an umpire appointed by both the league and the Players Association dismissed his appeal. and reinstated the original penalty.
Collins is appealing the ruling based on his claim that circumstances have exempted him from certain tests, including his uncle’s funeral and the death of Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul last November.
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The suspension came into effect with the Cowboys’ Week 2 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
According to ESPN, the decision should not be overturned and he will be eligible to return in time for the Week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
During the initial suspension, Collins’ rep blasted the NFL.
“We are extremely disappointed with the way the NFL has handled this whole matter, from the trampling of Mr. Collins’ rights to the premature disclosure of information, knowing that an appeal was filed in time to intentionally mislead the court in audience, “said Peter Schaffer, via Illustrated sports. “The extent and effort the NFL has taken to achieve its goals is appalling.”
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Collins is entering his seventh season with the Cowboys, starting in 62 of 63 games.