Joseph Randle did not attend Sunday’s game as he continues to deal with personal issues. Owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys will remain patient with the running back, while expressing concern for Randle’s mental health.
“It doesn’t deserve a real kneejerk reaction as to roster or as to future, certainly doesn’t as to the future,” Jones said. “But Randle has been with us going on his third year, and we’ll take that into consideration. …It’ll be slow, but it’ll be patient, relative to just the sensitivity of anybody that’s going through some trying times. Then, we want to really be supportive and help when we can and not act in a way that looks like the priority would be not your health, but what about your job, what about your football team. It’s up to me to kind of soften that and let him work through these other issues.”
Jones said Randle has worked with team counselors since abruptly leaving the team facility Wednesday. Randle also has received support from his family, Jones added.
“I’m always concerned as to any issues regarding the [mental] health of a player,” Jones said. “It’s a lot more serious than the football [injury] and that’s why he’s not dressed out.”
Randle faced a lot of bad news at once last week: He strained his oblique in last week’s game, the same injury he had in training camp, and then lost his starting job to Darren McFadden as he watched from the sideline; he found out he faces discipline from the league under the personal conduct policy for his involvement in a domestic violence incident in Wichita, Kan., last spring; he expressed concerns about his girlfriend, calling police to his house Wednesday afternoon when he bolted from the facility, though they found nothing wrong.
The bizarre behavior also included him talking about retirement and going into the ministry, a source said.
Randle spent most of last week away from the facility.
Jones said the team will make no decision on Randle’s future until meeting with Randle’s representatives and seeing what the league decides.
“There are three or four things we’re talking about right here,” Jones said. “Some issues are fresh. Some issues with this relative to the NFL are all a year old, and you’re very familiar with those.”