FRISCO - There is never a "right time'' or a "right player'' when it comes to NFL teams meting out punishment. And so it is with the Tuesday tardiness of Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen Antwaun Woods and Trysten Hill.
Woods and Hill arrived late to morning meetings here at The Star, and coach Jason Garrett reacted by sending them home. It can be assumed that there is a fine system that applies here, too ... and with a little more digging we might learn the reasons for their lateness - some reasons being more justifiable than others.
What is the level of severity here? Woods is the starting 1-Tech here (that will surely be the case Monday at the New York Giants) and has built a reputation of reliability. Hill is the rookie second-round pick who as often as not has been a healthy scratch come game days.
Travel issues coming off a bye week (and a vacation week) aren't particular cause for concern, and as proof of that we'd suggest this: Tuesday was a very light day for the players. Had Garrett needed them to stay at work due to the vast importance of the workday, that would've likely been the way the coach would've played it. Instead, the two D-linemen miss some relatively innocuous time, and maybe learn a lesson from it ... and now stays on time for the rest of the week in ways to help 4-3 Dallas win at New York.