Months before the season begins, we know at least one player who won’t suit up for Week 1.
Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has been suspended without pay for the first game of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The team later confirmed the suspension.
The violation came as a result of his 2018 arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Gathers can participate in the team’s offseason and preseason practices and games. He can return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 9 after the season opener.
Gathers, 25, has struggled on the field since being drafted by Dallas in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has just three career catches in 15 games played.