ARLINGTON, Texas – Joseph Randle did not play in Sunday’s 13-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in part because of a strained oblique, but Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the team is concerned about the mental well-being of their running back.
“I'm always concerned as to any issues regarding the [mental] health of a player," Jones said. "It's a lot more serious than the football [injury].”
Randle has been excused from the team since last Wednesday. According to sources, Randle is facing discipline for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, stemming from an incident in Wichita, Kansas, last winter.
Randle made a call to Irving, Texas, police last week because of concern about the whereabouts of his girlfriend. However, no wrongdoing was found. The Cowboys have said Randle is dealing with a personal issue on top of the personal-conduct policy penalty and losing his starting job.
The NFL could announce a decision on Randle’s status as soon as Monday, according to a source. He could face a suspension or fine. He met with NFL officials in September after he was cleared legally from a domestic-violence call involving the mother of his son.
Randle did not attend Sunday’s game and Jones said the team will help Randle and is in no hurry of determining his future on the roster. Depending on the nature of the penalty possibly handed down by the NFL, the Cowboys could place Randle on the non-football injury list.
"It doesn't deserve a real knee-jerk reaction as to roster or as to future, certainly doesn't as to the future,” Jones said. “But Randle has been with us going on his third year and we'll take that into consideration as we look at it. Let's look at the whole picture and how things have evolved. … It'll be patient relative to just the sensitivity of anybody that's going through some trying times. Then we want to really be supportive and help when we can and not act in a way that looks like the priority would not be your health, but what about your job, what about your football team. It's up to me to kind of soften that and let him work through these other issues.”