Damontre Moore had been bracing for a possible suspension from the NFL.
It came down on Friday when the league slapped him with a two-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy. Moore and the Cowboys knew this suspension could happen after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated last December as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
“You don’t like it, but at the end of the day you’ve got to deal with it,” Moore said on Saturday. “I made my bed, so I’ve got to learn. It was a stupid mistake I made in the past and I’ve got to deal with it and get over the hump.”
Moore, 24, remains eligible to practice with the team and play in preseason games. The former Texas A&M standout has made a favorable impression early on in camp.
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The Cowboys considered signing Moore last year, but decided against it. But the organization feels Moore has taken the proper steps to take care of his off-field issues and felt more comfortable bringing him on this offseason.
Moore apologized to the organization and fans for a past issue affecting his current status.
“I’m here to work and trying to make the best of this opportunity,” Moore said. “When I go out there and it’s my time, you know, just go out there and shine and show them they were right.”
Moore has 10 sacks in 49 career games.