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Possible violation of probation could play part in Goodell's decision on Pacman

10/14/2008 - NFL Adam Jones Dallas Cowboys + more

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's pending decision on disciplinary actions against Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is expected to weigh a potential violation of probation in which Jones was prohibited from alcohol-related incidents, according to league and law enforcement sources.

When Goodell reinstated Jones from suspension before the season opener, sources say one of the commissioner's conditions for Jones to remain an active player was that he remain in compliance with all aspects of his three-year probation from when he pleaded no contest in February to a felony in Fayette County, Ga.

Police reported that Jones might have been drinking when he was involved in a scuffle with a Cowboys-assigned bodyguard late Tuesday night. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has refuted many of the allegations and speculation. Even though police were called to the scene, no arrests were made or charges filed.

Regardless of the owner's contention that Jones' actions do not merit a suspension, sources say NFL security's independent findings would be most influential in Goodell's ultimate decision on discipline.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had no comment and maintained that the matter remains under review.

Chris Mortensen is a senior NFL analyst for ESPN.