The Dallas Cowboys continue to have issues with player availability as now another one of their pass rushing defensive ends has been suspended by the NFL.
It was reported by DallasCowboys.com staff writer David Helman on Friday that Dallas Cowboys defensive end Damontre Moore has been suspended for two games by the NFL for violating their substance abuse policy.
The suspension apparently stems from when Moore was a member of the Seattle Seahawks. Last December, the 24-year old was arrested for suspicion of DWI and driving with a suspended license. The Seahawks placed Moore on season-ending IR following the incident.
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Moore joins Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving, who was suspended for four games last month for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. Both players are eligible to be full participants in training camp and during the preseason. Also suspended for the entire season is Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, which makes three banned pass rushers in total for Dallas already.
As for Moore’s future in Dallas, this latest news should not change his status with the team as the front office was fully aware of the situation and reportedly not surprised by the ban.
Without Moore and Irving out to start the season, the Cowboys will have to provide adequate pass rush with defensive ends Benson Mayowa, Charles Tapper and 2017 first round selection Taco Charlton.
It’s unfortunate in the sense that Moore is having a terrific training camp so far and could have been the possible starter at right defensive end for the Cowboys in Week One. Now, the former Aggie will have a delayed start to his regular season, which we have seen become devastating for other players before him. (See DeMarcus Lawrence, 2016)
Touted as a possible first round talent, Moore dropped to the New York Giants in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft due to a poor Combine performance and rumors he was a mess off-the-field.
After two disappointing seasons in New York and due to some immaturity issues, the young pass rusher was waived by the Giants and has since bounced between the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and the Seahawks in the last two years.
In March, the Cowboys signed Moore to a two-year, $1.665 million in the hopes he had matured and is able to achieve the pass rushing potential he showed coming out of Texas A&M four years ago.
This offseason, Damontre Moore joined Denver Broncos’ Von Miller at his Pass Rushing Summit to try and learn some techniques from the best the league has to offer. The Dallas Cowboys hope Damontre’s new dedication to his craft will pay off big for the team this season…after his two-game suspension, of course.