Here's what we know: Randy Gregory, the Cowboys' 2015 second-round pick, won't see the field in 2017. In January he was suspended for one year after repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
Last week, TMZ reported that Gregory's failed drug tests numbered at least seven, the latest coming in late February, and that the former Nebraska standout, who is only 24, might have already played his last game.
But Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn't convinced that Gregory had failed another drug test. "I would be very skeptical," Jones said Saturday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, adding that the Cowboys remain "absolutely" supportive of Gregory.
"That's just not right," Jones said of the report. "He is getting a lot of support. He is not void in any way. He's got in my mind a better method of support than he had most of last year. I'm very comfortable with his support and we are trying to stay in communication with him."
Gregory was considered one of the best players in the 2015 NFL Draft but lasted until the 60th pick because of off-field concerns. His rookie season was hampered by injuries, and he was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
"This is a disappointment," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said at the time. "We have been clear with Randy about what his responsibilities are and what is expected of him. This is something that he is going to have to work through and correct."
By September 2016, the NFL announced that Gregory had been suspended 10 additional games, and in January 2017, he was banned for at least a year, meaning he can't seek reinstatement until January 2018.
"He's got gifts. He understands he has gifts, God's gifts," owner Jerry Jones said in May 2016. "He's got great human skills, personality. He is nothing short of brilliant. Certainly he has his demons. A lack of understanding of where he is is not one of them. We pray for him. We want him to him to have the kind of career his gifts would allow him to have, which is an exceptional, exceptional football player."
Despite the setbacks, Jones maintains that Gregory is an asset to the organization.
"We need him on the football field," Jones said Saturday.