Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Lawrence is appealing and the team still has some hope that it could be reduced.
But of course Jones isn’t taking anything for granted.
"Very similar to [the Scandrick suspension]," Jones told Shan & RJ on 105.3-FM The Fan, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. "But I wouldn't want to be presumptuous enough to, it's under consideration and it's just like if something were being judged, you don't want to get out here and be trying to tell them what to do.
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"Let them look at all the facts and the entire situation, which is what is required and will be done. And then maybe we can get a reduction."
There is some precedent to back up Jones’s hopefulness: Two years ago cornerback Orlando Scandrick saw his four-game suspension for the same violation reduced to two games on appeal.