Cowboys’ Collins banned 5 games over substance-abuse issue

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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2021, file photo, Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle La'el Collins (71) walks off the field during a preseason NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Collins has been suspended without pay for the next five games for violating the NFL Policy on Substances of Abuse, the NFL announced Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)


DALLAS (AP) — The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins for five games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The suspense comes a day after Collins played his first game since 2019 in the Cowboys’ 31-29 loss to Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay in the opener. Collins missed all of 2020 because of a hip issue that required surgery. Collins won’t be eligible until Week 8 against Minnesota, after Dallas’ open week.