Breaking: Dallas Cowboys RT La’el Collins Suspended for Five Games

Published 09/11/2021, 11:16 AM EDT
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 28: Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 28, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Dallas Cowboys suffer a big blow to their offensive line as their starting Right Tackle gets suspended for five weeks. The 28 year old was suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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Although the Cowboys RT, La’el Collins did not test positive for substance. He declined to be tested which created suspicion. And his suspension stands for five weeks without pay. Collins is to return after the week 6 match and will be seen in the gridiron against the mighty Patriots in the Gillette stadium.

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Big blow for Dallas Cowboys

Collins will begin his suspension from week 2 after he played in the Cowboy’s season-opening 31-29 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his absence, the Cowboys will suffer a huge blow to their offense.

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As the team has to play without their starting right guard, Zack Martin, who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. And the wideout Michael Gallup who suffered from a calf injury this Friday is expected to miss three or maybe five weeks of the regular season.

Dec 8, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) cuts as Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Patrick Queen (48) defends during the second quarter
at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

La’el Collins since his signing

The club signed Collins as an undrafted free agent from LSU in 2015. His torn toe ligament compromised his 2016 season after being featured in just three games. Although, the right tackle has been a reliable option for the Cowboys. He made 16 game appearances in 2017 and 2018 for the Cowboys.

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The team’s reliance on him earned him a $50 million contract extension of five years in 2019. However, the deal suffered a rough start as Collins missed the whole 2020 season due to a hip injury. And now his five week suspension early on in the 2021 season served as another blow to his contract.

The Cowboys turn to the likes of Terence Steele, Connor McGovern and Matt Farniok to fill in the void that the suspension has created. It will be a rough few weeks for the franchise. As they have to deal with the absence of some of their starting players early on in the season.

Nov 22, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) catches a pass for a touchdown against Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jeff Gladney (20) in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Cowboys might see Collins return the very next week. If he decides to file an appeal, in which case his punishment will be held off until a final ruling.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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