FRISCO - Trysten Hill's two-game suspension, handed down by the NFL on Monday, was on Tuesday in the league’s appeal process, the Dallas Cowboys hoping the defensive tackle will be allowed to play on Thursday at New Orleans.
“If the appeal process gives him the opportunity to play Thursday, then I anticipate he will play in the game,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
The ruling is in. Hill wins. But …
His two-game punishment was reduced to one game So he sat out the Thursday win at New Orleans. And now?
The NFL officially lifted one-game suspension of Hill on Friday.
Hill, in the judgment of the NFL, is guilty of “violations of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct” from after the Cowboys’ 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders on Thanksgiving. Hill delivered “an open-hand punch to the facemask” of a Raiders player.
The suspension was without pay.
In the case of Hill, the appeal was clearly about delaying the punishment more than it was arguing against it.
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Said McCarthy: “He apologized for it the next day. He acknowledged the fact that what he did was not right."
One other thing, though: the NFL's ruling suggests that Hill was a lone instigator, that he sought out the fight, and that he alone was guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct. Take a longer look ...
Hill is guilty. But the lone instigator? Guilty alone?
Hill will be available for the Cowboys in practice and will be eligible to play again in a Dec. 12 division road contest at Washington.”
Said coordinator Dan Quinn: “He will be getting a call from me, that’s for sure. Like just making sure we keep our discipline right. And it takes a lot of discipline to unclench your fists, sometimes more than clench it. And so, I think on those ones, let's make sure we, we know how to have that kind of discipline, too.”
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