The Dallas Cowboys face a fine of at least $250,000 for having three players who are suspended for part of the upcoming season, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Last season, any team with three suspended players was required to pay a fine up to $250,000. Though the fine amounts for this year are still being determined, they are not expected to decrease.
The fining system was put in place in order to hold teams accountable for taking on players who violate any of the leagues policies. The amount of the fine is equivalent to 25% of the suspended players’ salaries.
Linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory are all suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. McClain will sit out of the first 10 games of the season, while Lawrence and Gregory were both handed four-game suspensions.
However, ESPN reports Gregory could be looking at a longer suspension after an additional violation.