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Jerry Jones Confirms Randy Gregory Is Trying To Get Reinstated For 2018

March 29, 2018 - 5:42 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Thursday that defensive end Randy Gregory is preparing to apply for reinstatement to the NFL.

This comes after David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reported that Gregory could be making a big step in his potential return to football.

"I am not confident but I do see where his heart is," Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "He is one the smartest people that have played this game. This is a tremendous step. He has had that same IQ since he has had these issues. That's an issue. This is definitely a medical issue. There is no doubt in my mind about the medical. That is another campaign."

"It's a pretty circuitous route. It has a lot of discretionary things to determine. There is a lot of subjectiveness. But he is doing very well. He 's got a lot to play for. He has a new baby. He has a lot going for him. He is very astute about knowing that. He has to do what a lot of us have had to do and that is to do better at 24 and 25 than when you were 20."

According to Moore's report, Gregory "has been faithfully laying the groundwork for his return to the NFL and has reached the stage where his representatives are in the process of doing the work necessary to apply for reinstatement."

Back on October 24, a source close to the suspended Gregory told 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher he’s “successfully working at turning his life around,” but that work does not come with any guarantees of an NFL future.

As we’ve reported at 105.3 The Fan, Gregory — currently serving a suspension of at least one year for a series of NFL substance abuse policy violations — was eligible to apply for league reinstatement on Nov. 6. At the time, Fish was told that it’s not a guarantee that he will take that action just yet, though a return to football was certainly a goal for the Nebraska product.

In his time away from football, Gregory has been learning coping skills as a citizen, Fish says. He’s doing that, Fish was told, with a non-football job that occupies his time and gives him structure in addition to his workouts.

The NFL is not clear on when Gregory might play again if he’s ever reinstated.

Gregory was considered a blue-chip prospect in the 2015 draft but fell to become Dallas’ second-round pick due to the drug and behavioral issues.