Gregory (suspension) agreed to extend his contract through 2020, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
The Cowboys are sticking by their 2015 second-round pick even as he prepares to serve the fourth suspension of his pro career. Gregory finally had a chance to show his talent in 2018 and responded with six sacks, 15 quarterback hits and two sacks on 457 defensive snaps (14 games). The decision to extend his contract suggests the Cowboys are optimistic Gregory will return from his indefinite suspension at some point during the 2019 campaign.
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.
Gregory (personal) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Colts, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Gregory missed multiple practices this week as he tended to a family matter, but the personal issue won't keep him from suiting up Sunday. He's played less than 30 defensive snaps in each of the Cowboys' past two games.
Coach Jason Garrett expects Gregory (personal) to be available for Sunday's game at Indianapolis, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Gregory is missing his second straight day of practice Friday as he tends to a family issue, but the team doesn't appear concerned about his status. The 26-year-old should be expected to take up his usual starting role at defensive end unless the team indicates otherwise.
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