FRISCO, Texas – Cornerback Nolan Carroll has returned to practice this week after his arrest Monday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated – an incident the Cowboys haven't taken lightly.
"It's a disappointing situation," head coach Jason Garrett said following Wednesday's OTA session. "There is no explanation, no excuse for putting yourself in that situation.
"Nolan has taken responsibility for it, he's been accountable to it not only with me and the coaching staff but with the team. He's going to learn from the situation, we all can learn from the situation and move forward."
According to multiple reports, Dallas police pulled over Carroll for a traffic violation early Monday morning. He was arrested on suspicion of DWI and posted bond that afternoon.
The Cowboys signed Carroll to a three-year, $10 million contract in March as a possible starter for a revamped secondary that lost veteran cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr in free agency.
The 30-year-old Carroll is entering his eighth NFL season and has 54 career starts with the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.
Asked if Carroll could face discipline from the team, Garrett said, "We don't want to discuss any internal discipline. We'll take the situation one day at a time. He's been very accountable about the situation from the start."
"It's obviously a very serious issue," Garrett continued. "It's an issue that hits close to home to us; it's something that we have to all learn from. He has to learn from it individually, we have to learn from it as players, coaches, staff members and everybody.
"We always try to educate our guys. We have 90 football players on our team right now. We try to coach them every way possible, as people, as football players, the decisions they make, on the field and off the field. We'll continue to try to do that. It's the coaches, it's the staff members, it's the different programs we have in place and we'll try to give them the right information so they can make the best decisions going forward."