Joseph Randle began the season as the starting running back for the Dallas Cowboys. What a difference one week makes. After straining his oblique last week, Randle lost his starting job to Darren McFadden. Now, he’s out of a job according to Clarence Hill Jr. of The Star-Telegram.
However, the reason for Randle’s release doesn’t appear to be entirely football-related. In six games this season, Randle rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns.
He was arrested twice in a four-month span from last October to February. He was investigated for shoplifting, marijuana possession and domestic violence.
The involvement in the domestic violence incident in Wichita, Kan., might play a role in his NFL future.
This past Sunday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones alluded to the fact that Randle’s mental health was a concern for the team:
“I’m always concerned as to any issues regarding the [mental] health of a player,” Jones said after the game. “It’s a lot more serious than the football [injury] and that’s why he’s not dressed out.”
Whatever the case may be, it seems that Randle is dealing with a lot more than a physical injury right now.