FRISCO, Texas – Injured receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended for three games by the NFL on Thursday for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Although he was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 6, Williams will miss the next three game checks. His suspension concludes on Monday, Nov. 12 following the game at Philadelphia.
However, Williams wouldn't even be eligible to play again for the Cowboys until late November, assuming the Cowboys had a spot to bring back a player from the eight-week IR. NFL rules allow teams to return two players throughout the season from injured reserve.
The Cowboys put Williams on IR for a foot injury that initially occurred in the summer, preventing him from participating in most of the summer practices. However, another off-the-field incident got Williams in the news as well. Williams was arrested in May for public intoxication after leaving the scene of an accident, when his car ran into a light pole.
In August, the Frisco Police Department concluded its investigation into the incident and determined that Williams would face no additional charges. His attorney said in a statement that Williams had completed an alcohol awareness program to have the misdemeanor intoxication charges dismissed.
This season, Williams has played in just three games, catching only two passes for 18 yards.
Williams' cap charge for 2018 is $4.75 million but it would nearly an additional $3 million if the Cowboys chose to release him at any point this season because of his guaranteed salary this year. However, this suspension could affect his overall guarantees, not only for the rest of this season but for the next two years of his contract.
The Cowboys had no comment on Williams' suspension as of late Thursday afternoon.