La’el Collins was reinstated by the league Monday after serving a five-game suspension. But in order to add him back to the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, a spot would have to be cleared.
On Tuesday, it was announced that fullback Nick Ralston has been waived, presumably in order to accommodate Collins’s return.
Collins was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy in a ruling that came down after the Week 1 loss in Tampa. Collins fought the suspension, but his appeal was denied. During the court battle, allegations came to light that the offensive tackle had missed mandatory tests and attempted to bribe a vendor hired by the league to collect urine samples.
He’ll be available to play in the team’s next game, October 31 in Minnesota, but Terence Steele has played well in his absence.
Ralston, an undrafted free agent in his rookie season, was just signed to the active roster on what was said to be a two-year contract the day before the Cowboys’ meeting with the Patriots, after multiple weeks of being elevated from the practice squad for gameday.
Cornerback Isaiah Johnson was let go from the practice squad on Tuesday, meaning Ralston could take his spot there if he clears waivers. It would mark quite a 5-day rollercoaster ride for the 24-year-old Texas native.