The NFL initially suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill two games for punching Las Vegas Raiders guard John Simpson on the field after a heartbreaking loss on Thanksgiving. Hill appealed the suspension and has seen it reduced to just a single game, with appeals officer Derrick Brooks making that announcement on Tuesday, per PFT's Charean Williams.
Initial reporting suggested Hill wasn't going to be suspended at all, but the NFL came out days later and announced Monday the two-game penalty with this explanation:
“You both engaged in a verbal chest-to-chest confrontation which you escalated by throwing an open hand punch to his facemask, forcible enough to cause your opponent’s helmet to come off.”
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But now with this new ruling, Hill will only miss Thursday night's matchup against the New Orleans Saints instead of that game and Week 14 against the Washington Football Team. Hill will be able to return to the Cowboys on Friday once his suspension is complete.
Dallas needs all the help it can get moving forward. After starting the season 6-1, the Cowboys have since lost three of their last four games to drop to 7-4. While they're still in firm control of a bad NFC East, they don't want this slide to continue given their Super Bowl aspirations.
Dallas has a prime opportunity to get a big win over a struggling Saints team going through quarterback problems. The Cowboys just won't have Trysten Hill in the lineup as they go for it.