Stop me if you’ve heard this before: a Dallas Cowboys player is facing a suspension entering the upcoming NFL season.
Okay, now unstop me.
The latest Cowboys player to get suspended is Dallas defensive end Robert Quinn. The 29-year-old is going to miss two games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Here’s some reaction to the news from our enemies over at Blogging The Boys:
It’s not ideal for the Cowboys to ever be operating without any of their players, and Quinn isn’t even the first defensive end on their roster to be suspended given everything that’s happened with Randy Gregory. It does help that the first two opponents for Dallas this season are the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, but this is not good.
BTB also notes how this is the SIXTH year in a row where the Cowboys will be entering a season with a suspended defensive starter.
2014: Orlando Scandrick
2015: Greg Hardy, Rolando McClain
2016: DeMarcus Lawrence
2017: David Irving
2018: David Irving
2019: Robert Quinn
The Cowboys acquired Quinn in a trade with the Dolphins earlier this offseason. Dallas gave up a 2020 sixth-round pick in that deal.
Quinn’s suspension is hardly a death knell for the Cowboys but it’s not like Dallas has an abundance of pass rushers outside of Demarcus Lawrence. 2017 first-round pick Taco Charlton has been a disappointment thus far in his career.
In an NFC East race that could potentially come down to the wire, the Eagles will take any advantage they can get. Quinn missing games is bad news for Philadelphia’s division rival.