Randy Gregory

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Report: Cowboys Randy Gregory On Track To Seek Reinstatement From NFL

March 28, 2018 - 5:10 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - According to multiple sources close to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory could be making a big step in his potential return to football.

According to Moore, 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.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addressed his status with Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan back in October. 

“I wouldn’t get into what we’re going to do there and what he’s going to do there,” Jones said. “But I do know that as we move forward with the league relative to how we handle a situation like Randy Gregory, his opportunity to play will get better and better. He’s, I think, the classic case of potentially what we ought to consider when we’re looking at some of our substance issues. … I’m just going to hold it at that. I don’t want to speculate on whether he’ll be on the field for us here at that time or not.”

Jones is an advocate of NFL reform regarding marijuana use, which could end up helping Gregory in the future.