Yesterday I mentioned that "Adam" Pacman Jones was back in Dallas after a 30-day stint in an alcohol treatment program awaiting word from Dear Leader Goodell about his professional fate.
Jones' attorney, Worrick Robinson, admitted that he had no sense if the commissioner's office would reinstate his client but 24 hours after making those comments, we have an answer (via DMN blog via PFT):
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday the suspended cornerback has been reinstated by league commissioner Roger Goodell, but will not play this Sunday or the following game on Thanksgiving. That would peg his return for Dec. 7 at Pittsburgh.
Woo hoo, fair and balanced NFL justice system!
Looking at the schedule, Jones will end up missing six games, which makes the punishment something more than the standard four-game suspension a player might get for anything from violation of the substance-abuse policy to unapproved end zone celebrations, but obviously much less severe than the "see you next year!" edict Jones received prior to the 2007 season.
And while an indefinite suspension for a hotel bathroom cat fight with a team-appointed bodyguard might be a tad harsh, Jones' history of finding trouble coupled with the NFL Gestapo's insistence on arbitrarily disciplining its players makes it all less insane-seeming.
Whatever, welcome back, Mr. Pacman. The secondary missed you.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Reinstates Cowboys CB 'Adam' Pacman Jones originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:45:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.