Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory was suspended indefinitely by the league in February 2019 due to his recurring issues involving the substance-abuse policy that date to the 2015. He has now filed for reinstatement. Since he was drafted by the Cowboys, he has been suspended four different times for failed or missed tests.
In accordance with the league’s substance-abuse policy, the NFL has to make a decision on Gregory’s status in the next 60 days.
Under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, players can no longer be suspended for a positive test for marijuana. However, because Gregory was penalized under the old system he would still need to be reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell. A player can continue to be suspended for missing tests or not taking part in a care plan.
After Reinstatement Will Randy Gregory Be A Cowboy?
Gregory last played during the 2018 season. The 27-year-old recorded 6.5 sacks in 14 games. He has played in only 28 games since he was drafted because of suspensions.
Last season, the Cowboys tried to resign Gregory to a new deal but were unable to because the league ruled that players under suspension cannot be given new deals. If he is reinstated, the Cowboys are expected to sign him to a short-term extension.
Despite his substance abuse problems, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has long backed Gregory and has favored changes in the substance-abuse program that deal more with care rather than banishment.
With Robert Quinn, the team’s leading pass rusher from last season signing with the Chicago Bear in free agency, the Cowboys are in need of another edge rusher. If Gregory is reinstated by the commissioner, he will give Dallas’ defensive line some much needed depth.
What does this mean for the Cowboys? The way it stands is like so. The Cowboys need all the help they can get. Does this mean taking a chance on Gregory? In a word, yes. Look for improved betting odds for the Cowboys.