Source: Pacman weighing alcohol treatment plans

Updated: October 17, 2008, 3:23 AM ET
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Adam "Pacman" Jones is weighing his post-suspension options, including the possibility of entering an alcohol treatment facility in the Dallas area on an inpatient basis, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder on Thursday.

Earlier reports -- which appeared in The Dallas Morning News and were confirmed by a source to ESPN -- that the Cowboys cornerback already had entered a rehabilitation program were incorrect.

According to a source, the NFL -- which on Tuesday suspended Jones indefinitely following an alcohol-related scuffle last week with a bodyguard assigned to protect him -- has given Jones specific options regarding treatment.

Jones remains in Dallas, where he is discussing with his advisers -- who are communicating with team owner Jerry Jones -- on how to comply with treatment parameters, a source told Werder.

The same person said it's likely Adam Jones will choose to enter an alcohol-treatment facility approved by the league on an inpatient basis in the next 48 hours. Jerry Jones has remained supportive of his player and indicated he is willing to have him return to the Cowboys if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstates him, the source said.

Jerry Jones revealed last week, according to Werder, that Adam Jones had just completed his mandatory involvement in the NFL substance-abuse program and had been tested three times per week for two years without a single positive result. According to a source, Werder reported, Adam Jones was committed to that program because of alleged marijuana use.

Asked at a news conference Thursday whether he regretted trading for the player known more for off-field incidents than interceptions, Jerry Jones said: "I don't. I knew the risk. I do. Most situations have inherent risks."

"I regret the negative publicity for the Cowboys and I regret the negative publicity for the NFL," Jones was quoted as saying by The Dallas Morning News."On the other hand, financially there hasn't been any risk significantly certainly. He played in six ballgames for the Dallas Cowboys and played well. I know others thought he could've played better, but he played well."

Adam Jones was described as initially being devastated by his suspension but has become encouraged that he did not receive a lifetime ban that had been feared.

"He first was seeing the glass as half-empty,'' a source told Werder. "He's now looking at it as half-full. He's in a positive frame of mind.''

Several Cowboys players said they would welcome his return.

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"It's unfortunate, but as far as I know it's a four-game suspension,'' Terrell Owens said. "When he comes back we will welcome him back. And other than that we have just got to keep plugging away. I have reached out to him and I am pretty sure he is going through a tough time, so he's gonna take this time to reflect and get his focus back and try to get him back after his four-game suspension.

"It's unfortunate. We can't really dwell on who is not here. We have to worry about the people who are here. But we still love Pacman like a brother and a teammate.''

"I wish him well,'' added Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton said. "You know it's one of those things that you hope he gets it."

Adam Jones, who is being mentored by former Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders, missed the entire 2007 season for violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy. He can apply for reinstatement after four games.

In his return to the NFL with the Cowboys, Jones kept a higher profile than the Cowboys preferred but stayed away from trouble. That ended when someone called 911 to report a disturbance in the bathroom of an upscale Dallas hotel on Oct. 7. Police showed up after the scuffle ended, and the bodyguard didn't want to press charges.

The bodyguard was part of a Cowboys-hired security detail to be with the player at all times. Jerry Jones said that security is no longer being provided, though he didn't explain if it was because of the suspension or the scuffle that led to it.

On Wednesday, Dallas television station WFAA reported police are now raising questions about an officer's report of the scuffle. The department's command staff believes the officer intentionally omitted key details in his report -- including the name Adam Jones.

Dallas police commanders are worried because -- according to a memo to Chief David Kunkle -- the "vagueness" of the report could "cast doubt on his [the officer] and the department's credibility," WFAA reported.

Jerry Jones said he didn't suspend the cornerback because he didn't violate any terms of his deal with the team. But Goodell said Adam Jones again ran afoul of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

ESPN NFL reporter Ed Werder and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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