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Pacman is reinstated

But CB must sit out 2 more games

PACMAN JONESReturns Dec. 7 at Pittsburgh PACMAN JONESReturns Dec. 7 at Pittsburgh
Associated Press / November 20, 2008
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The NFL is giving Adam "Pacman" Jones another chance.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said yesterday the suspended cornerback has been reinstated by league commissioner Roger Goodell, but he must miss two more games - this Sunday and the following game on Thanksgiving. He'll be back Dec. 7 at Pittsburgh.

"He much appreciates the Cowboys and Jerry Jones for standing behind him and encouraging him, and he's grateful to the commissioner," said Worrick Robinson, Adam Jones's Nashville-based attorney.

Jerry Jones would not reveal any conditions the commissioner may have imposed and the league office said it would not have any immediate comment. However, Robinson, said, "He knows what he has to do. It's very clear."

"He's a long way, a long way from having clear sailing," Jerry Jones said.

Adam Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season because of multiple incidents while with the Tennessee Titans. Over the offseason, he was traded to Dallas and then given another chance by Goodell. The Cowboys gave him a security team to help keep him in line, but on Oct. 7, Jones got into an alcohol-related scuffle with one of the bodyguards during a private party at a Dallas hotel.

Jones spent part of his time away undergoing alcohol rehabilitation. "He has demonstrated something very important to all of us," Jerry Jones said.

It also will be up to Pacman to police himself. The Cowboys will no longer be providing bodyguards.

Lawyer blames doctor

The lawyer for three New Orleans Saints players facing suspension said the NFL's independent drug administrator acknowledged he did not inform players the supplement StarCaps contained a banned diuretic.

During the players' appeals hearing in New York, attorney David Cornwell said Dr. John Lombardo's testimony proved none of his clients - Deuce McAllister, Will Smith, or Charles Grant - took steroids.

Cornwell said in an e-mail that Lombardo testified he learned in late 2006 that StarCaps contained Bumetanide, a diuretic considered a masking agent for steroids. Lombardo's reasoning, according to Cornwell, is that "he feared that a specific warning regarding StarCaps could be used as a defense to alleged violations of the steroid policy that involved weight reduction products other than StarCaps."

"If Dr. Lombardo had notified NFL players that StarCaps contained Bumetanide, Will, Deuce, and Charles would have never used the product to lose weight," Cornwell said.

Allen not deterred

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was fined $25,000 for a recent spate of late hits, but he won't be suspended. He's not planning to reduce his aggressiveness, either.

After his summons to NFL headquarters in New York Tuesday, Allen returned to Winter Park, Minn., to continue rehabilitating his sprained right shoulder. He vowed his approach to pass rushing would not change, even though he's been fined $80,000 this season for what the league has deemed unacceptable contact.

"I will play football the way I play football, and that's the way it is," Allen said. "I'm not a dirty player. I never have been."

Allen was fined $50,000 for two late hits earlier this month on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub, one that injured his knee. The following week against Green Bay, Allen was called for roughing the passer after knocking down Aaron Rodgers. He was also fined $5,000 for a late hit vs. Chicago in October.

But the Vikings argued the speed at which he rushes makes it difficult to stop so suddenly.

Graham out, Dunn in

With leading rusher Earnest Graham out for the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will lean more on Warrick Dunn. Graham limped off the field with a right ankle sprain after his only carry during last week's victory over Minnesota and was placed on injured reserve yesterday. That means a greater role in the offense for the 33-year-old Dunn. "I'm just going to do my part to help us move the chains, score touchdowns, and win games," Dunn said . . . Injured reserve is becoming a busy place with the following added: Saints tailback Aaron Stecker (hamstring); Bengals receiver Antonio Chatman (neck injury); Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney (shoulder); Indianapolis tight end Tom Santi (shoulder) and cornerback Nick Graham (left ankle); San Diego wide receiver Craig Davis (groin) . . . The Arizona Cardinals declined to consider releasing Edgerrin James when the running back's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, inquired about the possibility, general manager Rod Graves said. Rosenhaus called three weeks ago after James was benched in favor of rookie Tim Hightower and didn't play a down in Arizona's 34-13 victory at St. Louis. According to Graves, Rosenhaus asked if the team would consider releasing James "and we declined it as a consideration. I explained to him that we still saw Edgerrin as a valuable member of our football team." . . . Dallas QB Tony Romo ditched the splint on his broken pinkie for a few throws to see how close he might be to playing without it. "It's getting better," he said. "I threw lightly out there without the splint on, so I feel confident."

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