Things go from bad to worse for the Dallas Cowboys.
After losing their second game in a row and then to his head coach, the Cowboys took another hit on Monday, November 29 after defensive tackle Trsyten Hill was suspended by the NFL for two games without pay for “violating the rules of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary rudeness.” announced the league.
The suspension stems from an incident following the team’s loss to the Raiders last Thursday when Hill struck the protective mask of Las Vegas offensive lineman John Simpson with an open hand. The blow ripped off Simpson’s helmet and sparked a brief altercation between the players, who were later separated about halfway across the AT&T Stadium field of play.
“Following the game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys on November 25, we found you used unnecessary rudeness and unsportsmanlike conduct,” wrote NFL Vice President of Operations Jon Runyan in a letter to Hill explaining his punishment. “While the players of both teams were greeting each other, you waited for your opponent for more than 50 seconds in the middle of the playing field. Upon locating him, you headed toward him in the opposite direction from your wardrobe. They both got into a verbal fight which escalated when you hit him on the protective mask with an open hand so hard that you ripped the helmet off his head. “
A 58th pick in the 2019 draft, Hill is not a starter but has contributed eight tackles and one hit to quarterback in 82 plays this season on the defensive line. He recorded five tackles (four singles) against the Raiders, his third game since returning from ligament surgery in 2020. But the attack on Simpson will affect Hill’s playing time.
“He’s going to get a call from me, without a doubt,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Nov. 26 via Michael Gehlkenfrom the Dallas Morning News. “I just want to make sure we have discipline. Sometimes it takes more discipline to avoid hitting someone than to hit them.
Quinton Bohanna and Justin Hamilton will replace Hill during his absence. They are the direct substitutes for defensive tackles Carlos Watkins and Osa Odighizuwa. Between them they have a record of 24 individual tackles, nine for loss of yards, and three sacks, and they lead the Cowboys’ running defense that is currently ranked 13th.
Able to appeal his suspension, he is expected to miss the road game against New Orleans next Thursday and the week 14 divisional game against Washington.
Dak reveals the “urgency” to beat the Saints
The Cowboys started 2021 6-1 and looked like they were heading for the NFC East title with ease. But after losing three of its last four games, the team is 7-4 and struggling to keep hope of making the playoffs. They are just two games ahead of Washington, who are 5-6, who beat the Seattle Seahawks in Monday night’s game.
A win against the Saints would keep them alive. If they lose, their chances may be gone. That’s why a lot is at stake in the game they must win against New Orleans.
“It’s very urgent,” quarterback Dak Prescott told reporters on Monday, November 29, via the official team website. “This team is hungry and disgusted with how we have played.”