Cowboys DT Trysten Hill suspended 2 games for punching Raiders OL John Simpson after loss

Update, Tuesday 10:20 p.m.: The NFL has reduced Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill’s suspension from two games to one, the league confirmed Tuesday night. The decision came after Hill met Tuesday with appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker who is jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA to oversee on-field hearings. The decision means Hill will still miss the Cowboys’ game at New Orleans on Thursday, but his eligibility has been reinstated for Dallas’ Dec. 12 game at Washington. The Cowboys received news of the suspension on Monday after game preparation was already underway. “His coaches have spoken to him,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday morning from the hotel at which he’s quarantining with COVID-19. “He’s obviously apologized for it, really the next day. … He’s acknowledged the fact that what he did was not right. “We’ll deal with that and move ahead accordingly.”

The Cowboys had already lost several coaches and a player to COVID-19 entering Thursday’s Saints game.

Now, they’ll be without defensive tackle Trysten Hill as he serves a league suspension.

The NFL announced Monday afternoon that Hill has been suspended two games without pay for violations of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct after the Cowboys’ 36-33 overtime loss to the Raiders on Thanksgiving. Hill delivered “an open hand punch to his facemask, forcible enough to cause [Raiders offensive lineman John Simpson’s] helmet to come off,” NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote.

“As both teams were shaking hands, you waited more than 50 seconds for your opponent at the 50-yard line,” Runyan added in a letter to Hill. “When you located him, you then walked toward him in the opposite direction of your locker room.”

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill (72) on the field before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium.

Runyan cited the league rule that prohibits…

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