Cowboys Players React to NFL Banning Jersey Swaps for 2020 Season

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More than a couple of Dallas Cowboys players are nonplussed over the NFL reportedly forbidding jersey exchanges between players during the 2020 campaign.

“This totally makes sense…,” tight end Dalton Schultz tweeted, presumably sarcastically.

On top of banning jersey swaps, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Thursday, players must socially distance themselves — keeping six feet apart — in postgame interactions, a micro maneuver from the league as it attempts to navigate around the COVID-19 pandemic.

But commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL Players Association, and other key decision-makers have yet to announce their plan to combat macro obstacles such as how training camp practices are to be conducted, the length of the preseason (two games or none?), and whether fans (limited or not?) are allowed to propagate stadiums this fall, among other burning, unanswered questions.

Former Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones, who signed with the Dolphins this offseason, expressed vexation toward the collective feet-dragging.

“Frustrating to hear the NFL has yet to address major issues regarding player health + safety with training being 2 weeks away,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “We just want to play football. Make it happen @NFL”

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Jones’ message was retweeted by Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith and quote-tweeted by Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup, who echoed his ex-teammate.

The Cowboys, like every club, are scheduled to begin camp July 28. Beyond that, however, nothing is known for certain about how the most unique season in the sport’s history will play out — if it does at all.

New Cowboys DT Likely to Kneel, Calls Out Jerry

Cowboys defensive tackle Dontari Poe is ready to take a stand — by not standing. Poe told Bleacher Report last week that he’s “definitely leaning toward” kneeling during the National Anthem in 2020 as a way to fight police brutality and social injustice.

Jerry Jones has yet to comment on the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed in police custody in May, sparking nationwide protests and law-enforcement reform. The Cowboys’ owner/general manager also did not appear in a video the organization released last month, condemning racism. His silence is deafening to those paying attention.

“Haven’t talked to Jerry at all,” Poe said. “I hope he comes out and shows his support. … You are an owner of an NFL team — you get what I’m saying? The majority of this team are these people that are being oppressed. So even if you are not going to be in the forefront, we need to know we have your support in that type of way.”

Poe knelt during the Anthem in 2017 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. He signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Cowboys in March. He’s tentatively is penciled in as the starting nose tackle.

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