Gregory (suspension) isn't expected to be reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell prior to the NFL draft next week, Ed Werder of ESPN reports. The 27-year-old has only appeared in 28 career games since being selected in the second round of the 2015 draft due to multiple violations of the league's old substance abuse policy, missing the entire 2017 and 2019 seasons. With a new CBA in place, however, Gregory is expected to return to the Cowboys' lineup once commissioner Roger Goodell officially reinstates him. The 27-year-old could bolster a pass rush that has a lot of question marks behind DeMarcus Lawrence -- he did record six of his seven career sacks in 2018 -- but even with Gregory and free-agent signee Aldon Smith in the fold, the club is likely to expend some draft capital at edge rusher as well.
Gregory (suspension) will petition for NFL reinstatement soon, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports. The new collective bargaining agreement has a more lenient substance abuse policy, though it doesn't apply to players like Gregory who already are serving indefinite suspensions. The 27-year-old has been suspended four times during his pro career, thus limited to 28 games since the Cowboys selected him in Round 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft. If he's reinstated, Gregory could provide the team with some badly needed help at defensive end after Robert Quinn bolted for Chicago last week.
Gregory (suspension) met with Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones on Thursday, the team's website reports. "I visited with Randy - had a good visit with him. I do feel he's doing the things and it's getting recognized by the decision-makers to really improve and be a productive player in the NFL," Jones said Friday. Now on his fourth suspension from the league, Gregory has suited up for only 28 games since being selected in the second round of the 2015 draft, recording seven sacks and 45 tackles. His current banishment is an indefinite one, but the edge rusher is expected to apply for reinstatement in the near future, and the club still hopes he'll be able to make a contribution for it next season, or possibly even late in 2019.
The NFL is suspending Gregory indefinitely for a violation of the policy on substances of abuse, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Gregory started his career in the league's substance abuse program after he reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. He later picked up three separate suspensions, limiting him to two appearances between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The 26-year-old finally stayed out of trouble and earned a regular role in 2018, piling up 25 tackles, 15 quarterback hits and six sacks in 14 games while primarily playing on passing downs. Gregory likely is looking at a difficult path to reinstatement this time around.
Gregory finished the regular season with 25 tackles and six sacks in 14 games. The 26-year-old may be on his last chance in Dallas after multiple suspensions to begin his career, including one that cost him all of 2017, but Gregory appears to be serious about making the most of it. The tackles and sacks were career highs -- he had only one sack in 14 games coming into the year -- and he really came on in the second half, racking up five of his sacks in the final eight games while flashing his speed and length. The 2015 second-round pick still has one more season remaining on his rookie contract, so if he stays off the radar of the commissioner's office, Gregory could be poised for a breakout 2019.
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