Robert Quinn Suspended Two Games For Performance Enhancing Drugs

Mike Fisher
August 08, 2019 - 2:59 pm

OXNARD (105.3 The Fan) - Robert Quinn’s bad week at training camp just got worse, as I’ve learned the NFL plans to suspend the standout defensive end for the first two games of the upcoming Dallas Cowboys season.

Quinn's agent, Sean Kiernan, released a statement Thursday saying they believe the medicine Quinn takes to treat seizures was contanimated at the pharmacy he uses. 

Quinn tested positive for Probenecid, a drug to treat people with Gout. The drug was used as a masking agent for steroids back in the 1980s and 90s, Kiernan says. However, Kiernan says the amount of Probenecid found in his system is equivilent to 'one kerrnel of rice in a bag among thousands.' 

Kiernan says the NFL admitted during their hearing with an arbitrator that it didn't believe Quinn was doping, but they still decided to suspend him. 

"We trust Robert Quinn and we support him 100 percent. We can't wait to get him back," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Thursday. 

Quinn, a Pro Bowl-level player who once won NFL Defensive Player of the Year, on Tuesday left the afternoon workout here in Oxnard with a hand issue that turned out to be a fracture requiring surgery, which was completed on Wednesday.

"I think he'll be ready for the start of the season, for sure,'' Cowboys COO Stephen Jones told us at the time. “The relief is he's going to be back and be fine and be ready to play the (Week 1 foe) Giants.''

But that was then; this is now.

Quinn and his agent worked to engineer a March 29 trade that sent a sixth-round pick in 2020 to the Dolphins, a transaction that came with a new one-year deal worth $8 million in Dallas.

This can still be a bargain once Quinn is healthy - and eligible following a suspension.

Quinn, who has 69 career sacks to his credit, figures to eventually start opposite DeMarcus Lawrence, the other Pro Bowl end who remains on PUP as he rehabs his shoulder.

But for now? Randy Gregory is on indefinite suspension. The Cowboys open the preseason Saturday at the Niners, and the young and/or unproven players who will get a weekend look at defensive end (Taco Charlton, Joe Jackson, Jalen Jelks, Dorance Armstrong, Kerry Hyder) now night also have to get Week 1 looks.