Tuesday, 10:40pm: Hill’s suspension has been reduced from two games to one by NFL-NFLPA appeals officer Derrick Brooks, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero (via Twitter).
Monday, 3:13pm: The NFL has suspended Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill for the next two games without pay (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero). Hill, who punched Raiders lineman John Simpson after last week’s game, won’t be eligible to return to the roster until Monday Dec. 13.
“After the Las Vegas Raiders-Dallas Cowboys game on November 25, you engaged in conduct that this office considers unnecessary roughness and displays a lack of sportsmanship,” VP of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote in an open letter to Hill. “Specifically, as both teams were shaking hands, you waited more than 50 seconds for your opponent at the 50-yard line. When you located him, you then walked toward him in the opposite direction of your locker room. You both engaged in a verbal chest-to-chest confrontation which you escalated by throwing an open hand punch to his facemask, forcible enough to cause your opponent’s helmet to come off.”
Hill could still appeal the ban and make his case before either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the ex-players who operate as suspension hearing officers. But, barring any changes, Hill will be withheld from the next two games against the Saints and the Washington Football Team.
It’s yet another blow to the Cowboys’ defensive line, though they could have reinforcements in time for Thursday. DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, and Neville Gallimore have all been designated for return and would be eligible to play against New Orleans.