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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Character Concerns Create Doubt In Cowboys' Process

The Cowboys have a ton of character issues facing their players, it's starting to put doubt in the process. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes and training camp begins this week.

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Another Cowboys Suspension - What Happen To That Jason Garrett Culture? - Danny Phantom- Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys will be without a key player for additional games in 2016 and fans are left scratching their head as to what is going on in Big D.

It is terrible news when you lose three key defensive players before training camp even begins. This is a big blow to the team. Someone has to be held responsible. Is this Jason Garrett’s fault? Is he too soft and players are putting their own needs before the needs of the team? Or does this come from a lack of doing homework as players with known red flags before coming to the team, not surprisingly – mess up? Whatever the reason, the Cowboys have some problem players on this roster. So far for 2016, Dallas is leading the way in suspensions and it’s not even close.

Jerry Jones Not Surprised, Not Expecting Randy Gregory At Training Camp -David Helman- Dallas Cowboys
While he might be disappointed by the difficulties facing his young pass rusher, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he wasn’t shocked by the news regarding Randy Gregory.

"We’ve had an awareness that this potential was there, and we’ve had it throughout the spring," Jones said Wednesday. "So most of the time you could say that there’s no surprises here."

Dallas Cowboys face stiff fine for having three suspended players- Todd Archer- ESPN
The Dallas Cowboys will be subject to a fine of at least $250,000 for having three suspended players.

The league still is formulating this year's fine schedule, which is based on the number of players suspended on a single team. Last year, any team with three players suspended -- the position the Cowboys are in this year with linebacker Rolando McClainand defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory -- had to pay a fine up to $250,000.

Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says 'no question' DE Randy Gregory needs treatment after another failed test -Eddie Sefko- SportsDay
Cowboys owner and general manager said Wednesday morning that the team has not heard from the NFL about an increased suspension for Randy Gregory.

"He is having care right as we speak," Jones said following the open-air ceremony on what eventually will be the pool deck of the hotel. "We're well aware of that. It's very disappointing, but again, it does point out the difficulty you have with addiction. There's no question that he needs the kind of help and care he's getting right now."

Jason Garrett on Ezekiel Elliott: We believe we know what he’s all about as a person -Drew Davison- The Star-Telegram
Ezekiel Elliott has denied domestic abuse allegations, and is expected to be ready to go when the Cowboys open camp Saturday.

Asked about the allegations Tuesday, Garrett said: "I don’t want to comment too much on that. We believe we know all about Ezekiel Elliott and what he’s all about as a person. I think it’d be premature to make any comment beyond that."

Report: Ezekiel Elliott Domestic Violence Allegation Investigation Moves Forward - Dave Halprin-Blogging The Boys
The prosecutors office in the city of Columbus confirms there is an ongoing investigation into the domestic violence allegations aimed at running back Ezekiel Elliott.

As was noted previously, Elliott firmly denies the allegations and believes that the accuser has other motives in bringing these allegations forward, hinting that she threatened to ruin him if he broke up with her. Sources claim that Elliott has some kind of phone/text messages that will back up this claim.

20 Questions: Will Tony Romo Have A Healthy 2016 Season? | Dallas Cowboys
The staff writers at – Rob Phillips, David Helman, Nick Eatman and Bryan Broaddus – are attempting to answer 20 pressing questions as the team gets ready for camp and the 2016 season.

Rob Phillips: I don’t know if anybody can guarantee a full 16 games for an NFL quarterback year to year. Injuries happen, no matter your age or your durability history. I do think Romo has taken the necessary steps to play a full healthy season. The collarbone healed well on its own and the Mumford surgery was an optional procedure that can help prevent another injury to the shoulder area. He says his back gets healthier and healthier the further he gets from the late-2013 surgery. He has one of the league’s best offensive lines blocking for him. So, he and the Cowboys have put himself in position to play most of the year, if not all of it, and lead this team back to contention.

Dallas Cowboys show no interest in Dwight Freeney to replace Gregory- Jean-Jacques Taylor- ESPN
The Cowboys have very little experience among their pass-rushers, and that situation was made worse by Randy Gregory's suspension.

Freeney would seem to be a reasonable option for a team whose career leaders in sacks are cornerback Orlando Scandrick and suspended linebacker Rolando McClain, with 9.5 sacks each. Freeney, a 14-year veteran, ranks 19th in the NFL all time with 119.5 sacks and played well for the Arizona Cardinals in 11 games last year, helping them reach the NFC Championship Game.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones not surprised by Randy Gregory's dependency issues-Clarence E. Hill- The Star-Telegram
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones acknowledges that defensive end Randy Gregory is in a treatment facility and won’t be joining the team for training camp beginning Thursday.

"I don’t have that or any expectation at this particular time," Jones said following at "a topping out" ceremony for the new Omni Frisco Hotel at the Star, the site of the Cowboys headquarters. "We are basically seeing where he is. We have no official notification from your league. We are first and foremost interested in how he can basically address his addiction and get to where he can function in society first and then look to be a football player second."

When Cowboys figure out character matters, maybe they'll start competing for championships again - Rick Gosselin- SportsDay
The road to the Super Bowl just got a little longer for the Cowboys.Word is Randy Gregory has failed his fifth drug test, his fourth with the Cowboys.

We've seen too many Hardys, McClains, Gregorys and Lawrences of late... Character matters. When the Cowboys figure that out, maybe they can start competing for championships again.

Officials identify 4 killed in van crash with Dallas Cowboys bus | Las Vegas Review-Journal
The four Chinese nationals who died Sunday when their van turned in front of and collided with an oncoming Dallas Cowboys tour bus in northwest Arizona were identified Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

All four dead hailed from Guangdong, China, the department said in a statement. They were driver Guang Xiang Li, 52, and passengers Yuetong Li, 19, and Suiqing Ou and Sangqin Bi, both 52. All were wearing seat belts.