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Randy Gregory To Apply For NFL Reinstatement

April 20, 2018 - 9:11 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Randy Gregory's plans for reinstatement into the NFL are moving forward. 

According to 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher and 247 Sports' Bobby Belt, Gregory could petition for his reinstatement as early as May 1. 

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed on March 29 that the defensive end was preparing to apply.

"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."

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.