For La’el Collins, the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive tackle, these past weeks have been very difficult. Unfortunately, the hits keep coming.
Adam Schefter, an ESPN insider, reported that Collins was given a five-game suspension by the NFL. This is an awful development for a player just returning from injury.
Collins was injured in the neck and missed training camp. He was able to recover in time for the Cowboys’ season opening against the Buccaneers.
Dallas discovered less than 24 hours after its season opener that it had to reshuffle its offensive lines for Week 2.
Cowboys’ OT La’el Collins suspended five games, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2021
Ian Rapoport, an insider at NFL Network, said Collins was suspended for failing drug tests. This means that Collins didn’t show up to at least one of his drug testing.
My understanding is La’El Collins was suspended for missing drug tests. Essentially, failure to appear. https://t.co/L4dL8GgRp3
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2021
This is a terrible situation for the Cowboys. However, Terence Steele and Ty Nsekhe have played offensive tackle.
According to Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy, his offense could be just fine with Steele or Nsekhe at right tackle.
“We’ll work together with Ty and Terrance. We’ll be ready to go with both those guys,” McCarthy said, via ProFootballTalk. “Ty, clearly with his career status, I think he has done a great job with us all through camp. He’ll get more comfortable doing what we ask him to do, I think. He is a solid member of the camp.”
Nsekhe, Steele will be needed by the Cowboys to keep Collins away for five games.