NFL Suspends Cowboys DE Robert Quinn

The NFL has suspended Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn two games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, tweets Adam Schefter of

In statement on Twitter, Quinn’s agent explains the Dallas defender believes his seizure prevention medication was contaminated with a substance called probenecid, which the NFL classifies as a masking agent under its drug policy. Quinn failed his test on April 2nd, and embarked on an investigation to find out how the substance was in his system.

His team claims Quinn’s pharmacy filled a prescription for probenecid prior to filling Quinn’s prescription, which may have resulted in the contamination. Additionally, Quinn argues that his levels of probenecid would have been much higher had he actually been using the substance as a masking agent.

Quinn has already lost his appeal of the ban, so he’ll be out for the first two games of the regular season. The NFL has historically taken a hard approach on drug suspensions, and successful appeals are rare. Recently, Giants wideout Golden Tate appealed his upcoming suspension by arguing that was he taking fertility drugs, but the leagues’s policy is considered “unforgiving” and “rigid.”

Quinn, for his part, recently underwent surgery to repair two fractures in his hand, but was expected to be back in time for the season opener, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News (Twitter link). Now, he’ll get two additional weeks for his hand to heal, but Dallas will have to rely on other defensive ends — such as Taco Charlton and Tyrone Crawford — to rush the passer opposite DeMarcus Lawrence.

The Cowboys acquired Quinn from the Dolphins in March in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick. Quinn agreed to lower his salary under the terms of the deal, reducing his compensation from $11.1MM to $8MM. While he finished with only 6.5 sacks in 2018, Quinn tied for 20th among defensive ends with 24 quarterback hits. Pro Football Focus, meanwhile, assigned Quinn the 19th-highest pass-rush grade among 103 qualifying DEs.

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16 comments on “NFL Suspends Cowboys DE Robert Quinn

  1. Big DDD

    So here we go with another problem in the defense line WTF Jerry why don’t you hire real football personal to run the football side of the Dallas Cowboys and you guys run the marketing side for the team! Since Stephan Jones been appointed GM all we get are drug addicts!! You need players that you can count on to show up on the field on Sundays not showing up standing on the sidelines!!! But you’re the owner making the Dallas Cowboys the laughing stock of the NFL. Q? When are the Dallas Cowboys going to be contenders?

        • TheTruth12

          Testing positive for a PED does not make you a drug addict, it’s almost like you didn’t even even read the article you half brained delusional Republican imbecile.

          • Big DDD

            Hey TheTruth12
            You have no clue what the topic is just stay off the porch but just like you name calling losers that you all are get the facts before you make a nonsense comment and move out of that Demorat hole that you live in!!

    • haywire4fun

      Wow lot to dis dissect here.1 for God sakes man learn proper grammar and spelling. 2 he’s not a crackhead he’s a roid monkey and judging by the length it’s his first offense. And finally 3 the cowboys are contenders it’s the same thing as KC. The talent exists the issues stem from the poor coaching.

  2. unclemike1525

    Still wrapping my head around how calling an obviously stupid comment stupid, makes you a democrat? If so, glad to wear the label. LMAO

  3. unclemike1525

    Also, I’m no chemist, but as usual the Goodell stupidity train keeps on rolling. Between ridiculous suspensions, botched investigations, and drug policies that are ridiculous and cro-magnon, He’s a joke. If there isn’t enough of the stuff in him to give him an advantage, what are we talking about here?

  4. oneiblnd

    Sorry. I’m not buying it. Seizure meds contaminated with a prior med residual.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Doesn’t mention what kind of seizures but if it is something like asthma then he would be getting inhalers that are pressurized and next to impossible to contaminate with a foreign substance.

      • Polish Hammer

        My take on that alibi was a pharmacist counting out those pills and filling an order then the tiny residue flaking off and staying on the counter for when they started counting out his order. Talk about grasping at straws!

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