Report: Carver leaves Cowboys suspension near

July 21, 1996|By DALLAS MORNING NEWS

AUSTIN, Texas -- Cowboys defensive lineman Shante Carver suddenly left training camp, and two sources said that he departed because he has a lengthy suspension forthcoming from the NFL for repeated violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.

The 1994 first-round draft choice tested positive numerous times for alcohol use, the sources said yesterday.

A league source said the backup defensive end could be suspended without pay for the duration of the 1996 season.

Coach Barry Switzer and team vice president Stephen Jones declined to provide details pertaining to Carver's decision to abandon the Cowboys.

Each cited "personal reasons" for Carver's absence. But a source close to Carver said the player acknowledged he had developed problems with alcohol.

Carver could not be reached for comment yesterday, and his whereabouts are unknown.

Pub Date: 7/21/96

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