Dallas Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory has once again been suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and the terms of his conditional reinstatement. This is Gregory’s fourth suspension since joining the NFL, this time, he has been suspended indefinitely.
The news did not come as much of a surprise to the Cowboys, as they were aware that Gregory would be facing another penalty.
According to Gregory’s attorney, Daniel Moskowitz, “nobody is in panic mode. He’s going to do everything and anything he can to get back on the field as soon as possible.”
Gregory missed most of the 2016 season (14 games), and the entire 2017 season due to multiple violations of the league’s substance abuse policy. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season and ended up in the NFL’s substance abuse programs. A second failed drug test led to an additional 10 game suspension.
He returned in 2018 to play 14 games and finished second on the team with six sacks and 28 quarterback pressures.
The Cowboys took Gregory with the 60th pick of the 2015 draft. With first-round talent, Gregory fell to the second round due to a failed drug test at the scouting combine, as well as multiple issues at Nebraska.
After a yearlong suspension in 2017, Gregory was cleared and reinstated by the league last July after a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell.
Gregory’s latest suspension comes during a time when the Cowboy’s are amid ongoing contract negotiations with fellow defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence is considered a top free agent at this time. With Gregory’s 2019 playing status up in the air, expect the Cowboy’s to do whatever it takes to keep Lawrence playing in Dallas.
With Gregory’s talent seemingly being wasted, the repeated suspensions and failed drug tests are similar to the situation of wide receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon has been considered one of the most talented receivers in the league but has continually failed drug tests and faced suspensions as well.
Gordon stepped away from football on December 20, to focus on his mental health. The NFL later stated that Gordon will be facing an indefinite ban for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the NFL drug policy.
Under the terms of Gregory’s current suspension, he cannot participate in any of the team’s offseason programs and is only able to visit the team practice facility to meet with an individual concerning his treatment.
The 26-year old Gregory was entering the final year of his rookie deal. In the four years since he has joined the league, Gregory has been suspended for more games (30) than he has played (28).