Cowboys DL Trysten Hill suspended 2 games for punch

The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill two games without pay Monday for punching a Las Vegas player after their game last Thursday.

The suspension comes after review of video taken in the aftermath of the Raiders’ 36-33 win over the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Hill delivered a blow to Raiders offensive lineman John Simpson, knocking off his helmet.

Hill’s suspension will begin Thursday against the New Orleans Saints, though he has the right to appeal.

“You engaged in conduct that this office considers unnecessary roughness and displays a lack of sportsmanship,” NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter to Hill. “When you located him, you then walked toward him in the opposite direction of your locker room. 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.”

Hill, 23, had four tackles against the Raiders and has eight in three games this season. A second-round pick by Dallas in the 2019 draft, Hill has played in 15 games with five starts in three seasons.