The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly released running back Joseph Randle.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed the report.
Randle, 23, began the season as the Cowboys’ starting running back but saw his role decrease in recent weeks, receiving just two carries Oct. 25 against the New York Giants and missing Sunday’s game against Seattle with a strained oblique. Darren McFadden assumed the starting job in his stead.
Randle had also been dealing with off-field issues and was facing potential punishment from the NFL for a February arrest for unlawful possession of marijuana in Wichita, Kan, his hometown. Rapoport reported last week that his main offense was “firearm related” and that the league had been investigating the situation although charges were dropped. At the time of Randle’s arrest, a 22-year-old female contacted police about a disturbance involving a 23-year-old male, according to the report. There had been a report of a handgun at the scene of the incident, but none were found by officers.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said this week that the team was concerned about Randle’s mental well-being. He told reporters that Randle’s situation did not deserve a “real knee-jerk reaction” with regard to his roster status.
In six games, Randle rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns.
- Jeremy Woo