Dallas Cowboys‘ defensive end Robert Quinn has been suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the 2019 regular season. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, Quinn’s suspension is for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
He will be suspended without pay and was recovering from surgery after fracturing his hand in practice. Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News posted a statement from Quinn, which came via his agent Sean Kiernan.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett addressed the news of Quinn’s suspension, as David Moore of the Dallas Morning News revealed.
Robert Quinn’s Broken Hand
The scene involving Quinn’s broken hand happened on a play which was caught on camera by WFAA’s Joe Trahan and can be seen below.
Calvin Watkins gave encouraging news as to the severity of the injury by pointing out that DeMarco Murray played in the season opener years ago with a comparable setback.
Quinn traveled to Dallas for surgery and is expected to be back by the end of his suspension, according to head coach Jason Garrett.
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Cowboys Acquire Robert Quinn Via Trade
In the offseason, Dallas traded its 2020 sixth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Quinn. The Cowboys hope they’ve found a steal in Quinn and the team hopes the injury is cleared up by the end of his suspension. The team would love to get back its two-time Pro Bowler sooner than later.
Quinn was also traded back in 2018, as the Dolphins acquired him by sending fourth and sixth-round picks to the Los Angeles Rams. Injuries held him back with the Rams and he was no longer a fit for the scheme in Los Angeles. Quinn played in all 16 regular-season games last season and secured 38 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hits and 6.5 sacks.
Quinn’s Career Stats
Quinn spent seven seasons with the Rams before moving to Miami. His best season came in 2013 when he tallied 23 tackles for a loss, 19 sacks, 57 total tackles and a defensive touchdown. He put together a string of 10 or more sacks in three straight years. Quinn secured at least 11 tackles for a loss in each of those three seasons.
He was a menace to opposing quarterbacks with 34 QB hits in 2013 and 20 more in 2014.
The Cowboys boast quite a bit of depth on the defensive line, but Quinn brings a veteran presence to help Maliek Collins, Tyrone Crawford, Demarcus Lawrence, Antwaun Woods, Taco Charlton, and potentially Randy Gregory if the NFL reinstates him from an indefinite suspension.
The defense has a chance to put together a strong season in 2019. But in order for that to be the case, the defensive line has to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks and stop the run. The rest of the team will benefit from an all-around talented group on that side of the ball.
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