The Dallas Cowboys released formerly suspended running back Ronald Jones as expected on Monday.
It was the first day that Jones was expected back in the building after serving a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Jones signed with the Cowboys as a free agent after spending 2022 with Kansas City. Drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round in 2018, Jones has 2,244 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns in five NFL seasons.
He was supposed to be the veteran option to help replace the-departed Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield behind starter Tony Pollard.
Jones was with the team throughout training camp before starting his suspension after final cuts.
Rico Dowdle won the backup job behind Pollard. And the emergence of rookies Deuce Vaughn and Hunter Leupke on the active roster made Jones expendable.
All four running backs saw action in the 30-10 victory against the New York Jets on Sunday.
Pollard ran 25 times for 72 yards. Dowdle had seven carries for 26 yards.
Vaughn ran three times for 16 yards and had three catches for 16 yards as well.
Leupke served as a blocking fullback.