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Cowboys' Jones suspended again

The NFL suspended Adam ''Pacman'' Jones at least four games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The NFL suspended Adam ''Pacman'' Jones at least four games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)
Associated Press / October 15, 2008
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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones once again must earn his way back into the NFL, and it likely will take more than being on his best behavior.

The NFL suspended Jones for at least four games yesterday for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell will determine the full length of the suspension after the Cowboys' game in Washington Nov. 16.

"If he earns his way to a point that he can be considered to play again, then I would support that," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "Frankly, just as he earned through his behavior the right to get back in and play a few weeks ago, he would have to earn that."

The league said reinstatement will depend on strict compliance with treatment plans by the NFL and the Cowboys and an evaluation by "clinical experts."

After repeated legal trouble while with the Tennessee Titans, Jones was traded six months ago to Dallas, where he had stayed out of trouble until an alcohol-related scuffle Oct. 7 with one of his bodyguards at a private party.

In a letter to Adam Jones yesterday, Goodell cited a "disturbing pattern of behavior and clearly inconsistent with the conditions I set for your continued participation in the NFL."

The disturbance at an upscale Dallas hotel came only six weeks after Goodell reinstated Jones from a 17-month suspension.

"It's terribly disappointing to me that we're dealing with this again and that he's reflecting so poorly on all of the players in this league, which they don't deserve," Goodell said at the NFL meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jerry Jones called the Oct. 7 incident an "aberration" and said the Cowboys didn't plan any discipline because no team rules were violated. But he knew the NFL might have a different view.

"He was brought back into the league with the understanding that we would have a zero tolerance relative to such things as publicly having a negative issue under any kind of circumstance," Jerry Jones said.

Before getting traded to Dallas, the cornerback was arrested six times and involved in 12 instances requiring police intervention after Tennessee drafted him in the first round in 2005.

Dallas deals for WR

Dallas also made news with its acquisition of wide receiver Roy Williams from the Lions. The Cowboys traded a first-round pick in 2009, plus a third- and sixth-rounder that year for Williams and a seventh-round pick in '09.

Williams has 17 catches for 232 yards and a score this season, his fifth since being drafted seventh overall by Detroit out of the University of Texas.

In another deal prior to the 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Bills sent defensive tackle John McCargo to Indianapolis for an undisclosed draft pick.

The Chiefs were unable to accommodate tight end Tony Gonzalez's wish to be traded to a contender. Arizona, Buffalo, and Philadelphia had expressed interest in the nine-time Pro Bowler.

Crennel: One at a time

One day after the Browns' resounding upset of the unbeaten Giants, coach Romeo Crennel delivered a sobering message so his team, still trying to dig its way out of a 2-3 start, doesn't get carried away by 60 successful minutes.

"We still have a lot of work to do," Crennel said. "The season is still a long season and just because we won one game it doesn't put us in the playoffs. We're not even .500."

But 2-3 is far better than 1-4. With an imaginative offense and opportunistic defense, Cleveland made the most of its first Monday night appearance since 2003. The Browns racked up 454 yards of total offense, nearly 200 yards more than their previous high this season, against a Giants defense that had been allowing only 236. Cleveland also went the entire game without punting, the first time that's happened since 1995.

During the loss, Giants quarterback Eli Manning suffered a bruised chest, although coach Tom Coughlin was confident Manning would practice this week.

KC star charged again

Chiefs running back Larry Johnson has been charged with simple assault for allegedly pushing a woman at a Kansas City nightclub in February, the third time he has faced assault charges against a woman.

Johnson, 28, was charged last month for a Feb. 24 incident at the Grand Emporium Saloon. A 26-year-old woman accused Johnson of pushing the side of her head with an open hand, telling her "Don't touch me" as he made his way through the club.

Johnson is due to appear in Kansas City Municipal Court Dec. 3 and faces a maximum jail term of six months and a $500 fine.

'Skins add Alexander

Former league MVP Shaun Alexander, unemployed since being cut by Seattle in April, signed a one-year deal with the Redskins. The running back will be reunited with former Seahawks assistant Jim Zorn - now Washington's head coach - as will signee Ryan Plackemeier, who takes over punting duties after the Redskins cut rookie Durant Brooks . . . The Lions will play the rest of the season without quarterback Jon Kitna (back), who was put on injured reserve. Former UConn QB Dan Orlovsky is expected to make his second straight start Sunday at Houston . . . The Ravens placed starting guard Marshal Yanda (knee) and rookie linebacker Tavares Gooden (hip) on injured reserve . . . The Steelers are asking the NFL to clarify why Hines Ward, one of the league's best-blocking wide receivers, was fined $15,000 the past two games for unnecessary roughness despite not being penalized. "It's our goal to play within the rules of the game," said coach Mike Tomlin. "We believe we're doing that. He hasn't been penalized." . . . The Seahawks signed rookie running back Justin Forsett from their practice squad and released wide receiver Michael Bumpus . . . The Saints cut wide receiver Terrance Cooper and filled his roster spot by re-signing defensive end Jeff Charleston.

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