OXNARD, California — Every day at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys are supposed to tap the touchstone near the door leading to the practice field that effectively says playing for the team is a privilege, not a right.
All-Pro linebacker and defensive captain Sean Lee emphasized that point after Saturday’s walkthrough.
“At some point, guys have to understand that we’ve got to do things the right way on and off the field,” Lee said. “We have the most gracious, loyal owner in sports and he gives us an opportunity to work hard, change, but if you don’t do that, guys are going to be out of here. We’ve got to find a way to step up, do things right off the field because we have this opportunity.
“Every decision I make, I keep my teammates in mind. I keep this organization in mind. And I keep the fact that we have this unbelievable tradition and this opportunity to play. As leaders, we have to teach some of these guys a better way that they have this opportunity, and they have to respond.”
On Friday, the Cowboys officially learned that defensive end Damontre Moore will miss the first two games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The Cowboys were aware of the possibility of the penalty when they signed Moore in the offseason; he was arrested last season when he was with the Seattle Seahawks.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Moore has “made great strides” since joining the team, but “our eyes were wide open.”
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