Jerry Jones bracing for possibility of life without Zeke
A week of distractions continued for the Dallas Cowboys on Friday as receiver Dez Bryant was late to training camp check-in for veterans, while defensive end David Irving didn’t show up at all, sources said.
The players will likely be fined. Per the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, players can be fined $40,000 for missing the reporting date.
Bryant threw a free barbecue in his hometown of Lufkin on Thursday, drawing a crowd of 3000.
Per the NFL Network, the long trip back to from Lufkin was complicated by a sinus infection and headaches, causing him to show up three hours late.
He apologized to the coaching staff.
Irving is already under scrutiny because of a four-game suspension to start the season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
A source said Irving is already in California and is expected to meet the team at the Residence Inn in Oxnard, Calif.,. where the team will stay during training camp.
Veterans were required to report at 7 a.m. Friday for a physical and a conditioning test.
The team officially departs for California on Saturday with the first practice set for Monday.
Training camp can’t get here fast enough for Cowboys team that opened the week dealing with running back Ezekiel Elliott’s alleged involvement in an altercation at a Dallas club Sunday night.
Other concerns of the week included receiver Lucky Whitehead sayisn that his dog had been stolen for ransom and receiver Terrance Williams going viral on TMZ after being involved in a foot race at a strip club parking lot in the wee hours.