Judge denies request by Cowboys’ Collins to halt suspension

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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)

SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins for an injunction that would have halted his five-game suspension with one game remaining. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant suggests in his ruling issued the NFL suspended Collins in violation of the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union. But the judge says the arbitrator’s decision in Collins’ appeal was based on a “reasonable construction of the parties’ agreements.”

Ben Scharnberg