Randy Gregory expected to apply for reinstatement for 2018 season

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Randy Gregory becomes eligible to apply for reinstatement Nov. 6, which is 60 days before his suspension ends. But the Cowboys defensive end isn’t expected to reapply until the offseason, sources said.

Since the NFL rarely renders a decision within the 60-day period, and given the regular season ends before the one-year anniversary of Gregory’s Jan. 6 suspension, seeking reinstatement for 2018 makes sense.

“Given the sensitivity of this matter, confidentiality of the program and Randy’s privacy, I am unable to comment,” his attorney, Daniel B. Moskowitz, said. “However, I will confirm Randy has every intention of getting back on the football field.”

The league suspended Gregory for at least a year for violating its substance abuse policy.

“I wouldn’t get into what we’re going to do there, and what he’s going to do there,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on DFW’s 105.3 The Fan. “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.”

The NFL has suspended Gregory three times, and he continues to work through “personal issues,” via Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson. Robinson first reported Monday that Gregory might wait until the offseason to seek reinstatement.

“It’s important that he’s in the right place personally and that might require some additional time,” a source told Robinson.

Gregory has 20 tackles and a sack in 14 games since the Cowboys made him a second-round pick.

27 responses to “Randy Gregory expected to apply for reinstatement for 2018 season

  1. patriots123456 says:
    October 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    He needs to write a book.
    I agree with you in a serious manner. IF he successfully kicks whatever addiction he has and overcomes his personal problems, it would probably be an informative treatise on how he fell from the top to the bottom, and his personal struggles to overcome those demons.

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jerry Jones runs to be our next president. Every single time I read a quote from him, I scratch my head at the end. He talks in a complete circle and never really answers the question lol. He has a very political way of speaking.

  3. You all fundamentally don’t understand addiction, do you.

    Give the man a chance. I hate to say it on here, but I’m awfully proud of the Cowboys for how they have treated him with empathy. We are all humans, we all have issues and any one of us at any time could fall on dark times. They are setting an example for those that are listening, that we can have empathy for addicts, no matter who they are or what their race is.

  4. Still can’t believe people say marijuana is harmless. Ask Randy how harmless it is. He lost his career and has absolutely no self control over his addiction to it. But yeah, I’m crazy, and we should legalize it nation wide.

  5. He should never have been suspended. Marijuana should be legal. And to think that somehow Josh Brown only got suspended one game for habitually beating his wife. Let Randy Gregory work!

  6. Disc Distance

    The Cowboys sure seem to draft a lot of players that need empathy, not a good way to build a roster.

  7. dallashomer says:
    He should never have been suspended. Marijuana should be legal.

    I just shake my head at comments like that one.
    It doesn’t matter whether you, I or anyone else THINKS marijuana should or shouldn’t be legal. It doesn’t matter whether any of us THINKS marijuana is demon weed, as harmless as marshmallow Peeps, or falls somewhere in between.
    All that matters is that at this time marijuana IS illegal in most states (in all 50 as far as the federal government is concerned), it IS against the rules of his employer as agreed upon in the CBA, and he AGREED to follow said rules when he signed on the dotted line and started cashing paychecks.
    What you, I or anyone else THINKS the law/rules should be is utterly irrelevant. They exist, he repeatedly broke them (and the terms of his contract), and now he’s paying the price for multiple infractions.
    Pick and choose which laws/rules you will follow and which ones you will ignore if you wish, but you do so at your own peril. Mr. Gregory did this to himself.

  8. In ten years we’re going to look back at guys like Gregory and Josh Gordon, and completely lament on how we lost out on watching some amazing talent on the field. Leonard Little killed a woman drinking and driving (and got ANOTHER DUI after) and the league welcomed him back with open arms. Gordon and Gregory simply unwind a little differently and all of a sudden they never see the light of day again. Makes zero sense.

  9. Dregonspengler, I’m not advocating breaking the law, nor am I absolving Randy Gregory of his inability to follow the rules if his own workplace. But I do think that marijuana should be legal and that Randy Gregory should be allowed to work. And it does matter what people think, bro.

  10. Even if weed was legal in every state the LEAGUE could STILL list it as a banned substance…. many legal things are banned….
    That said, I don’t see weed as a bad option for players to be allowed to use as a pain or relaxing option as long as they don’t drive while using it like it is with alcohol…..treat it the same even though I believe it’s much less dangerous than alcohol…. problem solved

  11. First and foremost I hope the young man gets sober and is mentally stable. I liked to party too in my early 20’s so I can only imagine also being under the watchful eye as a star athlete. With that being said, he’s a gifted and talented player that only he himself controls his own destiny. If he fails he has nobody to blame but himself.

  12. Both Aldon Smith and Josh Gordon have proven the example that the lifestyle of the NFL itself is a trigger for their addiction. In their cases, it becomes more important to their survival/well-being that they remove themselves from it altogether. It is not known whether that is the case with Gregory, yet.

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