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Thursday, November 20, 2008

"Pacman" Jones reinstated by league, says Dallas owner

Controversial Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones will be available to play again on December 7 after being reinstated by the NFL, according to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The defensive back was suspended last month for at least four games because of his involvement in what the NFL website (http://www.nfl.com) described as an alcohol-related physical altercation at a Dallas hotel.

Although official comment was not immediately available from the NFL on Wednesday, the team owner said his troubled cornerback would miss two more games and be eligible to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 7.

"I think he has done what he has been asked to do," Jerry Jones was quoted as saying by the Star-Telegram.

"If anybody understands the kinds of things you deal with to get better, it's probably going to be an ongoing thing. I do know that he has a good sense of where he is and how he got there."

Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season for engaging in off-the-field conduct detrimental to the league and has not played for Dallas since their 30-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on October 12 because of his most recent suspension.

After the hotel incident, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to Jones, saying it was a continuation of "a disturbing pattern of behavior and clearly inconsistent with the conditions I set for your continued participation in the NFL."

Goodell said Jones had to comply with NFL and team treatment plans and that his suspension would be evaluated after he had missed four games. Dallas won that fourth game 14-10 against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Jones, 25, has been arrested six times since he entered the NFL in 2005 and was implicated in a triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club during the 2007 NBA All-Star weekend.

He was charged in June last year with two counts of felony coercion and in December he pleaded no contest in Las Vegas to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct.

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