Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday that the team is preparing for a "worst-case scenario" regarding Gregory's (suspension) potential reinstatement from the NFL, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Gregory, a 2015 second-round pick, has appeared in just two games the past two seasons due to repeat violations of the NFL's drug policy, with the defensive end most recently receiving a one-year suspension in January of 2017. Though he's been eligible to apply for reinstatement since early November, it's unclear if Gregory intends to do so, given that he reportedly tested positive for marijuana shortly after receiving the one-year ban. At this time, Jones said the organization's top priority for Gregory is helping him get his life back in order rather than preparing him for a return to the gridiron.
The NFL isn't expected to clear Gregory (suspension) if he decides to apply for reinstatement when first eligible to do so Nov. 6, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports.
Gregory was handed a one-year suspension from the league in January 2017 following multiple failed drug tests, so even if he were reinstated after the year is up, it would come after the current regular season has already concluded. While he's reportedly spent significant time in a rehab facility over the past year and had passed league-administered tests as recently as September, optimism regarding Gregory's reinstatement has seemed to fade over the past few weeks. Sources close to the situation declined to provide specifics behind why Gregory's reinstatement could be delayed, but the Cowboys will wait for the defensive end to get his personal life in order until he's comfortable pursuing a return to professional football. Gregory has appeared in just 14 games for the Cowboys since being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.