Federal judge rejects request by Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins to suspend 5-game suspension – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
Sherman, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) A federal judge has denied Dallas Cowboys’ forward Lyle Collins’ request for an injunction that would have halted his five-game ban with one game remaining.
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazante suggested in his ruling Tuesday, October 12, that the NFL suspended Collins in violation of the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union.
However, Mazante ruled that the arbitrator’s decision on Collins’ appeal was based on “reasonable construction of the parties’ agreements.”
The ruling means Collins will not be eligible to play on Sunday in New England.
The seventh-year player can return to the team next week, when the Cowboys are idle. Collins could play again in Week 8 in Minnesota.
The NFL charged Collins with bribery in a lawsuit that challenged a request for a preliminary injunction.
Collins’ representatives vehemently denied this and said the league misled the arbitrator by saying Collins had suspended four games when he did not.
Collins filed a lawsuit against the NFL, its board of directors, and Commissioner Roger Goodell last week.
The lawsuit said Collins was suspended when a new labor agreement signed in 2020 no longer allowed for suspensions due to missed tests or positive marijuana tests. The union responded by saying Collins had a “long history of discipline for repeated violations”.
The suspension was announced the day after Dallas lost 31-29 to the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay in the opener, Collins’ first game since 2019.
He missed the whole last season due to hip surgery.
Just prior to the start of the season four years ago, Mazante granted waning star Ezekiel Elliott’s request for an injunction to suspend six games over allegations of domestic violence.
This ruling sparked a two-month legal saga that ended with Elliott being suspended.
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