Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory suspended four games

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The Cowboys knew they were taking a risk when they drafted Randy Gregory, at a time when many teams backed off.

That risk has now been realized.

Gregory has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. He can still participate in offseason programs and the preseason, but won’t play in the first four regular season games.

Gregory tested positive for marijuana at last year’s combine, causing the Nebraska pass-rusher to fall to the second round. The Cowboys insisted they had the right kind of support in place for him, though he apparently slipped through the cracks.

He was part of an offseason splurge on pass-rushers that included free agent Greg Hardy, now it seems unlikely that either of them will suit up for the Cowboys, at least for the first month of the season.

Gregory didn’t have a sack last year, derailed in part by an early ankle injury. But now, there’s another obstacle in the way of his comeback.

132 responses to “Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory suspended four games

  1. Haha! Yeah, Dallas is the type of stable, no nonsense, drama free organization a guy like that should go to. Right. This won’t be this guy’s first suspension.

  2. Its legal or decriminalized in most US states.
    Unless they NFL plans to monitor and punish for alcohol use – they should follow suit.
    Discipline should align with US law. Biggest problem for players seems to be domestic violence and PEDs – NFL should focus their education and discipline efforts there.

  3. hate the cowboys but its time to stop making pot a big deal. the benefits far outweigh any and all risks. The sooner entities like the NFL stop treating it like its actually an issue, the sooner the rest of the country can move on.

    Dislike this post if you will, you’re simply being willfully ignorant.

  4. Goodell should be worried about his own substance abuse. That rosacea ridden nose isn’t hiding anything. In fact, it grows when he lies.

  5. For smoking the leaves of a plant, he’s now been suspended for as long as Hardy was for throwing a woman onto a bed of loaded guns…

    Cannabis can’t be legalized nationwide soon enough.

  6. Jones can’t help himself, there are players with Red Flags, and he gets wrapped up in the amout of talent or potential they have and has to draft them. Dez Bryant had concerns and while. he has been able to improve but he has a crappy attitude when things are going well.

    Jones would be wise that when there are concerns about players to take them off the his big board. This guy’s talent isn’t going to help from home.

  7. bmack1224 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:15 PM
    I’m still Trynna figure Out why he has number 94? With that being Said Greg Hardy Chances of Returning just got Better
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    Should have gone to DeMarcus Lawrence. I don’t think he wil ever be close to DeMarcus Ware but he looked like the best played in the NFC East last season.

  8. Dallas Cowboys no longer America’s team, they are now America’s Circus. Jerry’s world is a clown car that keeps giving.

  9. Don’t necessarily disagree with those saying pot isn’t a big deal, but the players know they are going to be suspended for it. Still stupid on the player’s part…

  10. Patiently waiting for a Jerry Jones political pronouncement that Gregory “Is one of the leaders of our team”. Jones hasn’t said anything that didn’t have political motivations in years.

  11. NFL rules aside, the more realistic attitude toward cannabis in the rest of the US will absolutely not apply in Texas. They’d fire up old sparky for this type of violation if they could.

  12. Typical Cowboys news. When was the last time they had something positive to be in the news. Some teams never have these issues and then other teams always have issues like this. Cowboys are about as stable as the Bengals when it comes to player support. They really need to change there image because they are becoming what the Raiders used to be and that is sad.

  13. Hey Jerry how is that accountability program working out for you? Always trying to outsmart everybody and you only end up outdumbing them. Guess this could change the complexion of our moves in free agency and the draft. Now we will endure his apologies to his friends, family, and fanbase. I was a pot smoker in my youth but I guarantee you if someone had offered me a career with that kind of money I would have stopped in a hot flash!

  14. kylexitron says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:17 PM
    hate the cowboys but its time to stop making pot a big deal. the benefits far outweigh any and all risks. The sooner entities like the NFL stop treating it like its actually an issue, the sooner the rest of the country can move on.

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    agreed, but that’s an entirely different issue. it may be BS, but until it is changed, players are more than aware they can and will be punished if they test positive for it. if they are caught, its on them. this is coming from a pro-weed guy.

  15. tomsetter123 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:16 PM

    Its legal or decriminalized in most US states.

    As far as I know it’s only legal in Washington and Colorado. If that’s “most” in your books then you probably just done violating the substance abuse policy.

    Whether or not it’s legal or not is a moot point. It’s in the CBA and as long as it’s in the CBA, if you fail a test then you have to live with the consequences. End of story. No excuses or whining.

  16. Per NFL drug policy, this is Gregory’s 4th failed test…1st test was put in program, 2nd-2 game fine, 3rd-4 game fine, 4th- 4 game suspension

  17. tomsetter123 says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:16 PM
    Its legal or decriminalized in most US states.
    Unless they NFL plans to monitor and punish for alcohol use – they should follow suit.
    Discipline should align with US law. Biggest problem for players seems to be domestic violence and PEDs – NFL should focus their education and discipline efforts there.
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    Except thats not how it works… employers have the option to test employees… and while I think its completely unfair that the guy that chugs a bottle of booze and a 12 pack shows up to work still in the bag from the night before can get in less trouble than the guy that had couple drags off a jazz cigarette 3 days ago.

  18. For those of you lobbying for allowing pot use in the NFL. Perhaps there is merit in the discussion but the fact remains that it is a violation of league rules as it stands today. You can’t break the rules and talk about what should be. Unless there is a majority movement from the NFLPA to change the rules there will be no change to the policy so get off your soapbox saying it’s no big deal. It is a big deal because now we will play the season without Gregory for 25% of the season!

  19. Who cares about pot? Really…the discussion about pot belongs in the past with tape cassetes & mullettes.

    And I’m NOT a Cowgirls fan, actually vcery much dislike them.

  20. Hey Vicksdawgpound don’t make me spend my day googling all the negative news for every team because Lord knows there is not a clean team in the league. Some people simply love to hate the Cowboys. You seem to be one of those “some people.”

  21. I seem to recall the draftnik’s lauding the Cowboys for this fantastic ‘value’ pick that graded out highly as a second round selection.
    Never mind the red flags and that past behavior is the best predictor of present and future results. Never mind that the guy seems to be a head case and is too slight to play DE.
    The Cowboys were so shrewd to pick this guy, it was a very good risk, Jerry Jones was the smartest guy in the room at that pick.
    Stories like this remind me why I ignore what guys like Mel Kiper and the rest have to say when the draft concludes and they hand out their awards to the teams that picked their favorite college players.

  22. Dallas Cowboys no longer America’s team, they are now America’s Circus. Jerry’s world is a clown car that keeps giving.

    …………………………………………………………

    I think you mean – “South America’s team”!

  23. I live in Dallas and listen often to local radio, this team is a giant heaping mess of southern #$%^. My team happens to be in the Rockies thank god!!!!

  24. They only test in the offseason. Knowing that, this moron tokes up between the end of December and mid-February. Genius.

  25. thefootballgodssay says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:35 PM
    Zero sacks last year he is a 4 3 player the cowboys run a 3 4 scheme
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    Just another reason that JJ needs a GM… thats like a team goes to big money FA or trades up for small fast WRs that can’t block, for a team that operates a Power Run offense.

  26. bhindenemylines says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:40 PM
    Well that seals it.

    Pass Rusher with the #4 pick.

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    And Goff falls to the Niners! Yes!

  27. For every Tyrann Mathieu, who was able to leave this crap behind and become a true professional once he hit the NFL, there are 10 Gregorys. It’s really a shame.

  28. Not a smart move. Players just don’t get it that if they smoke weed
    they get in trouble. The NFLPA needs to renegotiate the CBA penalties for weed, however, until they do it players have to be careful. 4 games
    paycheck and a fine is much too much for smoking weed.

  29. he slipped through the cowboys cracks…..I have heard the San Andreas fault line called a crack as well.

  30. thefootballgodssay says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:35 PM
    Zero sacks last year he is a 4 3 player the cowboys run a 3 4 scheme

    Just to let you know the Cowboys play a 4-3. Watch much?

  31. Cryboy fans deserve Jerruh and his circus. This team makes the Browns, Jags, Raiders, Titans, and Vikings look good.

  32. rwhited2 says:

    Cut him now. And smack the crap out if Jerry Jones. Does this guy ever gamble and win???
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    Ask Herschel Walker.

  33. oldcracker says:

    Cryboy fans deserve Jerruh and his circus. This team makes the Browns, Jags, Raiders, Titans, and Vikings look good.
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    This team has more Lombardi’s than the five you listed all put together. A lot more.

  34. All of their stupid gambles are blowing up in their face. It’s embarrassing. Garrett saying he wants “the right kind of guy”. What a load of crap.

  35. First, I fully support the legalization of pot. There’s no excuse for it not to be legal and taxed. Blame the conservatives and religious fanatics for it not being legal and their weird laws against alcohol.

    Second, the NFL has already made weed fairly minor and gives players multiple chances to comply with simple rules and the LAW before suspension. As another poster pointed out, Gregory had to have already failed FOUR tests to get suspended.

    He’s a moron, end of story.

  36. Whether it should be legal or not is irrelevant when you know getting caught results in a 4 game suspension. Hopefully he can develop some will power for this stuff until the league gets more progressive about which PEDs actually matter.

  37. simply shocked that a cowboy would be suspended…first one, right…oh, wait, did Lance (I’d rather stick it out in Dallas) Rentzel get suspended (late 60’s or early 70’s)…maybe not…

  38. abninf says:
    Feb 19, 2016 5:46 PM

    This team has more Lombardi’s than the five you listed all put together. A lot more…

    I would bet you that any one of them on that list will get a new Lombardi before the clown car that is the Cowboy’s do.

  39. I feel bad for Cowboys’ fans. Their GM is a freaking owner. He’s a fine owner, but a terrible GM. He is on record saying Jerry Jones the owner would fire Jerry Jones the GM. He’s a big enough egomaniac to continue keeping himself in that role AFTER stating that. He’s given Romo the tools on offense but Romo will never have a defense!

  40. I love every nincompoop on here who has mocked Dallas for this, despite the drafting of Gregory STILL being a very nice upside gamble, and despite this happening to teams all over the NFL.

    This isn’t PEDs, and this isn’t domestic violence or similar such crimes. It’s still bad/dumb of Gregory to be guilty of this, but it’s a widespread NFL issue. If you pretend that this is something exclusive to Dallas, and therefore somehow reflects poorly on just the Cowboys, you’re just a dumb troll who needs to get a life.

    Note: Please feel free to revel in the failures of the Cowboys and to hate them for whatever, but at least schadenfreude them over things that are actually true/worthwhile.

  41. Hey Potheads, before you continue on your legalize marijuana rants maybe re-read the post. It didn’t say this suspension was due to weed. Possible it was another substance.

  42. @ Tomsetter123

    It’s legal or decriminalized in most states = FALSE

    It’s legal in CO and WA… legality is coming in AK, HI and OR… and there are currently ballot initiatives in a small handful of states to try and make it legal. There are also a few places like NY and DC that have de-prioritized weed and have stopped enforcing the laws on minor abuses.

    On another note… recreational weed is still 100% ILLEGAL in the eyes of the US Federal govt, which is why:
    – all banks are unable to hold proceeds from “legal” sales in CO & WA
    – most all CPA firms won’t offer accounting services to legal shop owners
    – most all insurance brokerages won’t facilitate Ins coverage
    – most all employers, including those in the states of CO & WA, don’t treat it like alcohol, and still include it on their banned list of unacceptable substances

  43. Denver’s GM, Elway, attempts to draft Captains from high profile schools. Maybe Jerry should give it a shot………………………………………….nah. Fugetabout!

  44. Jerry, Jerry, Jerry…..when will you ever learn? This team will never be in another Super Bowl as long as the GM, head team doctor, team president and de facto coach are the same idiot.

  45. Ok another level of idiocy of the NFL. He tested positive at the Combine but was allowed to play last year but is suspended this year. I mean its amazing the amount of idiocy and incompetence and lack of common sense thats persavive at 345 Park Ave.

  46. yes Marijuana should be legal, yes soda is even worse for you than weed.

    But that isnt the problem here, the problem is this kid is making millions of dollars to play a game and is told he can not do things like smoke pot.

    the fact he cant put the pipe down to make millions of dollars means there is a problem.

  47. He will end up having a very short career. Although, face it, he smoked pot, when it now has become mainstream in the general population, but the NFL.

  48. The Cowgirls are an example of “pick losers, have losers”. They have been a .500 team for 20 years yet every year we hear about super bowl bound. When will the rest of the world realize they will never be anything but a bunch of trouble makers on and off the field?

  49. thefootballgodssay says:
    Feb 19, 2016 4:35 PM
    Zero sacks last year he is a 4 3 player the cowboys run a 3 4 scheme
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    This confirms what i always say..only people who say the romo jomes and hardy jokes and jerry jokes are people that dont watch football…dallas has been 4-3 defense the past 2 years..watch alil football instead of watching blogs

  50. Not a fan of the Boys but it’s way too easy to start jumping all over them when this is business as usual in the NFL Next team up will bring a wrath of new comments

  51. So it turns out adding a talented drug addict with mental problems, a talented women beater with mental problems, and a talented guy who possibly killed his pregnant girlfriend to the roster in the same off season wasn’t a good idea after all.

  52. Players Union negotiated, and these penalties are known for all. Don’t like it? Find a new job.

    As for posters railing on legalization. Until it is at the Federal level, your pissing in the wind.

  53. So, let me run down the situation in Dallas:

    -A QB with a bum collar bone
    -A dope-smoking pass rusher
    -A wife beating pass rusher
    -A wide receiver with a bum wheel
    -A head coach that can’t win the big games
    -A tight end whose 40 time is clocked with a sun dial
    -An owner who thinks God should call him for advice

    Am I missing anything?

  54. From other reports this apparently occurred during last season. Why would a player file appeal when his team is clearly not going to playoffs.
    Should have sat out last seasons games instead of next year’s .
    I wonder if his agent advised him to appeal. I have never seen the appeal process work for a player.,

  55. McClain, Hardy, Gregory, Bryant, Joseph Randle…….Jerrah doesn’t think he has enough leaders on his team yet, thus the interest in Manziel. Easy to see why the other NFC East teams love Jerrah so much, the gift that keeps on giving.

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