Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says tackle La’el Collins will be out against the New England Patriots.
The seventh-year offensive lineman from LSU has been attempting to get a stay for his five-game suspension, which ends this week, in order to get back out on the playing field.
Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday morning that he sees nothing to indicate Collins will play Sunday in Week 6 at Gillette Stadium.
“I think what it is is, for me, he’s out for this game,” Jones said. “I frankly do not have anything that would — that’s worth noting that would indicate otherwise that he won’t be out for this game and be back with us for the rest of the year.”
Jones also said that second-year tackle Terence Steele has played “outstanding” in Collins’ absence.
“He has shown me he has a long-term future in this game and this game with the Cowboys,” said Jones. “So, he’s played outstanding relatively speaking. Now, that doesn’t mean that La’el Collins is any less of a player. La’el Collins is a significant member of the team. And, so, this just gives us what you hope for: young player ascending and gives us depth and gives us, if you will, an alternative. All of that is there.”
Collins was suspended for five games on Sept. 10 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.