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Draft Scout R.J. Dill News
09/17/15 - T R.J. Dill, who was on reserve/suspended after being placed on reserve/injured, was waived by the Cowboys with an injury settlement Thursday (Sept. 17).
09/06/15 - T R.J. Dill was placed on reserve/suspended by the Cowboys Saturday (Sept. 5) for the first four games of the season.
09/02/15 - T R.J. Dill was waived/injured by the Cowboys Tuesday (Sept. 1) and will be placed on reserve/injured if he clears waivers Wednesday.
09/02/15 - T R.J. Dill cleared waivers Wednesday (Sept. 2) and was placed on the Cowboys' reserve/injured list.
08/29/15 - T R.J. Dill has been suspended for the first four games of the season due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
The suspension was reported Friday by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, and the NFL Players Association then released a statement from Dill explaining the circumstances.
Dill, 25, was undrafted out of Rutgers in 2013 and had short stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams. He had signed with the Cowboys in January.
In his statement, Dill explained the positive test: "In August 2014, I thought my dream of playing in the NFL was over, and I began to transition away from professional football. During these months away from football, I noticed a drastic change in my energy and activity levels, so I saw my doctor, and blood tests revealed that my testosterone levels were very low. My doctor suggested that I undergo testosterone replacement therapy, and I accepted the recommended treatment. I completed one round of testosterone replacement therapy in November 2014, and almost immediately I felt like my old self again. At this time I was not under contract with any NFL team, nor was I actively pursuing an NFL career."
Dill signed with the the Cowboys in January and he began training for the 2015 season. Then the NFL notified him in May and said he had failed a drug test.
He said, "While my doctor had told me that the residual amounts of the testosterone would be out of my system about eight weeks after treatment, that was not accurate, and I failed a drug test a full six months after I had received the prescribed treatment."
Dill said he tried to get approved for a therapeutic use exception, but the NFL denied his petition.
"I consulted with my union after the positive test and learned that even in these circumstances the NFL imposes discipline because having the intention to cheat or break the rules is not required for a violation of NFL's PES policy (or any