Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle apologized to his teammates Wednesday, two days after his arrest for shoplifting. He also addressed the media in the locker room, promising to make good on his second chance.
“It’s the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life,” Randle said. “I’ve never gotten in any kind of trouble in my whole life. This is just something I’ll have to learn from and move forward.”
Frisco police arrested Randle on Monday night on suspicion of shoplifting a bottle of cologne and underwear, a Class B misdemeanor for theft between $50-$500. Video surveillance caught Randle.
“I really just made a huge mistake,” Randle said. “I know it’s big-time consequences for things in life. I disappointed a lot of people who really care about me, like my brothers on the team, coaches around here and this whole organization, people who have supported me, my family, my dad. I let a lot of people down. I’m just going to try my best to make it up to them and just do whatever I’ve got to do to get past this.”
Coach Jason Garrett confirmed that the Dallas Cowboys will fine Randle “a significant amount,” which could be as much as $30,000, according to a source. But the backup running back will play Sunday against the New York Giants.
“There were a lot of circumstances that were surrounding the situation, but there are no excuses, no explanations for this, and he took full responsibility,” Garrett said. “He made a really poor decision. He recognizes that, as poor of a decision as he’s ever made in his life.
“Again, there are consequences to those decisions, and we made that abundantly clear with him. There are public consequences, and there are certainly consequences on this football team, and he understands that. He’s going to feel those, and we’re going to move forward.”
Randle, who joined the team as a fifth-round pick in 2013 out of Oklahoma State, signed a four-year, $2.3 million rookie contract, including a $188,820 signing bonus. His base salary this season is $495,000, or $29,118 per week.
He played 10 snaps last week against the Seattle Seahawks, gaining 52 yards on five carries, including a 38-yard run. Randle has 16 carries for 113 yards this season.
Tony Romo hopes to practice this week. Though coach Jason Garrett conceded the quarterback might sit out Thursday, too, after missing Wednesday, Romo vows to be good to go Sunday.
Romo missed a Wednesday practice for the fifth consecutive week. This time, though, Romo’s absence wasn’t merely for strength training to aid his surgically repaired back.
He instead also is trying to heal injuries to his ribs and his left ankle.
• Linebacker Rolando McClain will miss practice again Thursday while handling a custody situation in Alabama. He also was absent Tuesday and Wednesday. McClain is expected back for Friday’s practice.
• The Cowboys signed offensive tackle Tony Hills, a former Texas standout, on Wednesday. They released defensive lineman Lavar Edwards to make room.
• Running back DeMarco Murray (illness), linebacker Bruce Carter (thigh) and defensive end Anthony Spencer (knee/foot) were among other players to miss practice. Carter said he expects to miss his third consecutive game. Spencer hopes to return to practice Thursday.