The Dallas Cowboys seem to be taking over the headlines this season, and today they released running back Joseph Randle, who lost his starting job last week. The story was first released by The Star-Telegram in Dallas/Ft. Worth and Cowboys’ beat writer Clarence E. Hill Jr.
**breaking news*** The Joseph Randle saga is over in Dallas. He has been released by the Cowboys per sources
— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) November 3, 2015
Randle has been in the news a few times while with the Cowboys, including a shoplifting incident last year, and has been struggling this season, according to the team. Hill also reports that, “The running back has been dealing with ‘personal issues,’ according to the team. On Sunday, owner Jerry Jones said the team would remain patient with Randle, while expressing concern for the back’s mental health,” via The Star-Telegram.
If that is in fact the case, Randle’s release has more to do with off-field issues than it does his on-field performance, but the latter can be affected by the former. Mental health is something of importance for everyone in the U.S., and especially for someone who is tasked with performing in front of a massive audience and has to deal with that added pressure.
Even though he has been released, Randle still faces a possible suspension from the NFL because of an offseason arrest. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport had the following to say in his report:
“Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was deemed to have violated the NFL’s personal-conduct policy for a recent arrest in Wichita, Kansas. He received the report (Wednesday), which was part of the reason he exited the Cowboys facility. The charges were dropped, but the league kept investigating. He faces a one- or two-game suspension (not a six-game suspension because it’s not domestic violence related), or he could be potentially fined. The main offense is firearm related. The NFL and NFL Players Association are in discussions now about a potential settlement to Randle’s issue,” via NFL.com.
Salute Magazine will continue to keep you updated as more details emerge.