The Cowboys running back situation has been a much-debated topic ever since DeMarco Murray left in free agency. Today, the team got some clarity on one part of that issue. Joseph Randle will not be charged with domestic violence, the three-month investigation ended up citing a lack of evidence for the decision. Back in February Randle was first facing a drug charge for marijuana that was later dropped, but he also faced a domestic violence investigation for that incident at a Wichita hotel involving his ex-girlfriend.
Normally, that would be the end of the problems for an NFL player, but the commissioner has now let it be known that the NFL will conduct its own investigations independent of law enforcement, and will hand out punishments accordingly. As of right now, the NFL has not announced a plan to investigate the incident further. If that remains the case, then it is up to the Cowboys to decide on Randle's future.
Randle certainly has the talent to be in the mix at the Cowboys open competition at running back, and he's familiar with the Cowboys scheme and has thrived in it in a limited capacity. But there's always been talk about how much the Cowboys "trust" him. On the field, there are concerns about his pass protection, off the field, a shoplifting arrest, some knuckle-headed comments about his teammates, and this incident in Wichita have done nothing to convince the Cowboys to trust him.
Over the next few days, we'll see if the Cowboys dip into the running back pool at the draft. With Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar, Ryan Williams already in the mix with Randle, another running back would mean two guys will likely have to go from the roster. Randle certainly hasn't been helping his own case recently.