Dallas Cowboys release RB Ronald Jones after PED suspension ends

A second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Jones played in Tampa Bay and Kansas City before landing in Dallas.

FRISCO — Ronald Jones was signed to compete for a spot on the committee that would be used to replace Ezekiel Elliott.

He never took a snap.

The veteran running back spent the first two games of the season on the suspended list for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Jones was scheduled to return to practice this week. But rather than make a roster move, the Cowboys informed Jones he would be released.


Jones was signed as a free agent in March to be part of the rotation behind Tony Pollard. It was envisioned he would be a short-yardage complement. But Rico Dowdle, who has carried the ball 13 times for 50 yards in the season’s first two games, has stepped up to fill that role.


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Sixth-round pick Deuce Vaughn is the third back in the rotation.


The suspension was levied in the first week of training camp. Jones didn’t discuss specifics other than to state publicly he wasn’t using steroids or anything else to enhance his performance. Jones said the positive test was due to a prescription heart stimulant he was taking due to a history of heart disease in his family.

A second-round pick in the 2018 draft, Jones spent his first four seasons in Tampa Bay, rushing for a career high 978 yards with seven touchdowns in the 2020 season. He had 12 carries for 61 yards in the Bucs victory over Kansas City in Super Bowl LV.

He landed in Kansas City and was used sparingly last season before joining Dallas.


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