Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he believes the NFL got it right the second time around in its handling of the Ray Rice situation.
An initial two-game suspension handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell was heavily criticized as punishment for Rice, who assaulted his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator in February.
Goodell said he got it wrong, and the league suspended Rice indefinitely after TMZ posted a new security video Monday that shows Rice knocking out Janay Palmer, who has since married Rice and taken his name.
The Baltimore Ravens also terminated Rice’s contract after the video surfaced.
Jones said the NFL made a nice “recovery” on how it addressed the situation.
“We have in blocking terminology, we have recovery,” Jones said Tuesday morning on KRLD/105.3 FM. “That’s when an offensive lineman gets beat on the first move, but he has the athletic ability to recover and try to get it right on the second move. I know we’re doing that and trying to get it as good as we can get it on the second time around. I think that’s happening.
“There’s no question in my mind, the emphasis we have on spousal abuse in the NFL and the lack of tolerance for it. It’s intolerable and will be adjudicated accordingly.”
The Cowboys continue to say that rust had nothing to do with quarterback Tony Romo’s poor play in Sunday’s three-interception performance against the San Francisco 49ers.
Jones said Romo’s mechanics and footwork were off, especially on a “duck” to receiver Dwayne Harris — likely due to Romo’s lack of reps in training camp and the preseason as he recovered from back surgery.
Romo also says that said rust had nothing to do with his bad decision-making, which badly hurt the Cowboys in the 28-17 loss.
All three interceptions were thrown into coverage and came on first down, which Jones said had more to do with Romo’s not seeing things rather than lack of off-season reps.
“Trying to look for things when I looked at the tape, or even looked at a replay, I could see that he didn’t have his feet planted a little bit, he wasn’t solid in his mechanics. I know the actual best pass play of the day to [Dwayne] Harris, that ball was a duck,” Jones said. “I don’t think that was as big a thing to me as him just being able to see and throwing into coverage.”
Defensive tackle Henry Melton played 25 snaps in the season opener against San Francisco. He didn’t record a tackle or a sack.
But considering the free-agent pickup was coming off season-ending knee surgery and didn’t play in the preseason, the Cowboys are opting to bring him along slowly.
Coach Jason Garrett was impressed with what he saw from Melton in his limited snaps and expects him to have a bigger load Sunday at Tennessee.
“His conditioning has to get much better,” Garrett said. “Maybe as much as anything else, it’s just playing and making sure that leg is underneath him and he’s just playing instinctively and naturally. I think we saw some of that during the game.”
• The Cowboys released fullback Nikita Whitlock (Wake Forest) from the practice squad and signed wide receiver Reggie Dunn (Utah) to take his roster spot.
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