The Dallas Cowboys will be without WR Shaquelle Evans for the first four games of the 2017 season, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas News, who recently wrote:
“Cowboys WR Shaquelle Evans has been suspended without pay for the first 4 games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.”
Evans played his college ball at UCLA. In 2014, the New York Jets made him a fourth-round draft pick. He never played a snap, instead heading to IR with a shoulder injury in August. The Jets kept him around until September of 2015 and then cut him.
From there, he spent some time with both the Jaguars and the Patriots. In both cases, he was just a practice squad player and could never crack the active roster. He finally made it to Dallas in January of this year, first joining the practice squad and then inking a reserve/future deal.
For a guy who has not ever played a snap of pro ball and who couldn’t stay healthy early in his career, starting off his time in Dallas with a suspension isn’t a wise move. Granted, no player would be thrilled with a suspension, but Evans is fighting for his NFL life at this point. He was already facing an uphill battle to make it with the Cowboys, and any setback may be enough to ruin those plans. For something as easily avoidable as a violation of the substance abuse policy, he’s putting his career in jeopardy.
Below are a few more details on his situation and what it means for him moving forward toward the 2017 season.
Cowboys just announced that WR Shaquelle Evans, who they signed to a futures contract in Jan., has been suspended. pic.twitter.com/NbCNo4BmvV
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 21, 2017