NFC East Predictions
The Dallas Cowboys kickoff luncheon is typically attended by the entire team, but there were a few notable absentees Wednesday.
Running back Joseph Randle, defensive ends Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory, and cornerback Corey White did not attend.
Randle, according to a source, returned to his hometown of Wichita, Kan., for a court appearance. The district attorney’s office in Wichita did not immediately know why Randle had to return, but it was not related to a February incident in which his ex-girlfriend alleged domestic violence.
Randle likely had to return for either a family law case, or a misdemeanor charge.
Hardy, Gregory and White missed the event for “personal reasons.” All four are expected to remain part of the team.
“Absolutely. Oh my gosh, yeah,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “They had business to tend to, but they’re all very much a part of it.”
Hardy is still facing a four-game suspension to start the season, although there remains a possibility for him to try and get that reduced in federal court.
A decision by his camp and the NFL players’ association has yet to be made in that regard, and the closer the season gets to starting, the less likely it would seem for him to go that route.