Cowboys face fine for suspensions

IRVING, Texas -- With the suspensions of cornerback Orlando Scandrick and safety Jakar Hamilton, the Dallas Cowboys are facing a fine of close to $44,000 from the NFL.

According to league rules, when a player is suspended without pay for a violation of the personal conduct policy, policy and programs for substance abuse, or policy on anabolic steroids or related substances, the team will have to remit to the Management Council a portion of the players’ salary that is deemed forfeited.

Scandrick was suspended for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Hamilton was suspended for violating the substance abuse program.

With two suspensions, the Cowboys will owe 15 percent of what Scandrick and Hamilton would make over a four-week period. Scandrick will make $750,000 this season. Hamilton will make $495,000. Over four weeks Scandrick would make $176,470 and Hamilton would make $116,470.

Fifteen percent of $292,940 is $43,941.

The Cowboys actually got off lighter because they re-worked Scandrick’s contract last season. He was supposed to make a $3.5 million base salary in 2014, which would have raised the fine to $140,000.

If Josh Brent is reinstated and suspended by the NFL, the Cowboys could be on the hook for a larger fine. The Cowboys would have to pay 25 percent of the suspended player's applicable proportionate base salary up to $250,000.