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Ex-Cowboys RB Joseph Randle suspended four games

Another setback for free-agent running back Joseph Randle.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Randle, released by the Cowboys last week, has been suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The discipline stems from an incident that took place last February in Wichita, Kansas. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn't say if the suspension -- which had been expected -- played a role in the team's decision to release Randle, but acknowledged that the team had concerns about the running back's mental well-being.

"I'm always concerned as to any issues regarding the (mental) health of a player," Jones said last week, per ESPN.com. "It's a lot more serious than the football (injury)."

Randle has ability, but the circumstances surrounding his departure from Dallas combined with his suspension could keep teams from pursuing the running back as an in-season option.

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