On a day that has involved trade talk and head coach dismissals, the Dallas Cowboys may have just one-upped everyone in terms of shock factor this afternoon.
According to Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill, the franchise has released running back Joseph Randle, effective immediately.
Randle's status had been uncertain in recent days after reports over potential NFL discipline and personal issues emerged.
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Considering, though, that he was the team's designated starter as recently as Dallas' week seven clash against the New York Giants, it is a fairly rapid fall from grace for the third-year running back.
Only earlier today, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had refused to speculate on Randle's status at the franchise, telling 105.3 The Fan that they were taking it day-to-day.
It is unclear at the time of writing exactly why the Cowboys have taken the dramatic decision to cut ties with the player who many had hoped could replace DeMarco Murray's production this season.
With a possible suspension relating to a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy earlier this year, and with Ian Rapoport noting the player's issues with paranoia there is sure to be plenty of speculation, however.
Cowboys fans haven't taken long to have their say on Randle's departure, with reactions ranging from cruel to sympathetic and plain disappointed
If it does turn out to be issues with his mental health, then the Cowboys should surely do right and offer help to the young back even if he is no longer on their roster. They have offered a helping hand to troubled players in the past.
Randle leaves the franchise having amassed 822 yards and nine touchdowns in three seasons. Darren McFadden will continue in the starting role moving forward, you would assume.
Cowboys fans: Are you glad Randle is gone? Have your say in the comments below...
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