Defensive end Robert Quinn will definitely miss the first two regular-season games now.
The NFL has announced the veteran pass-rusher has been suspended for two games for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Quinn had recently returned to Dallas to undergo surgery on a fractured left hand that he sustained in practice earlier this week.
While there were questions on Quinn’s availability for Week 1 before this news because of the injury, it’s likely Quinn should be fully healed when he comes back.
He is allowed to practice in training camp and even play in the preseason games, although it’s unlikely that is injury would allow him to participate.
Quinn is eligible to return on Sept. 16, following the Cowboys’ Week 2 game at Washington.
The Cowboys traded for Quinn in the offseason, adding the former Pro Bowl pass rusher who has 69 career sacks, and at last four in each of his eight pro seasons.
This news further clouds the Cowboys’ defensive end position heading into the season. DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder surgery) remains on the PUP list and has yet to practice. Tyrone Crawford is in the same boat with a hip injury and could be facing action from the NFL regarding a summer off-the-field incident. Randy Gregoy remains suspended and his timetable for return is unknown.
That leaves Taco Charlton, Dorance Armstrong, Kerry Hyder and a host of rookies that will have the shot to jump into the mix during these four preseason games.