Randy Gregory hasn’t applied for reinstatement but still wants to play this season

AP

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has not applied for reinstatement but has every intention of filing his petition and returning this season, a source tells PFT.

Gregory is “doing well” and continues to do everything necessary in his treatment and personal responsibility plan. Gregory’s parents are moving from Michigan to North Texas as part of Gregory’s “reliability partner” program.

Reports early last month indicated Gregory intended to file his petition to the NFL before training camp in an attempt to participate in the preseason. But Gregory is taking his return “step-by-step” in hopes of avoiding another setback.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said during the opening news conference at training camp that he had seen enough to know he wants Gregory “on the Dallas Cowboys in the future.”

“I do feel that he’s doing the things [necessary], and it’s getting recognized by the decision-makers that he’s doing things to really improve and be a productive player in the NFL,” Jones said. “I think that will not go unnoticed and could have it happen for him. Last year, I thought that we all made about a C-plus with Randy. I say that because if you can get this thing right with him, get him right with the rules, get him right with the league, all of that, he’s got a bright future. As hard as he’s worked and as conscientious as he is, I think he’s got a chance to come in and make a big contribution.

It seems unlikely Gregory will get the approval of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to return before the start of the regular season, considering Gregory has yet to file and Week One is only a little over a month away. But Gregory hopes for an expedited decision on a conditional return.

Gregory received conditional reinstatement on July 17, 2018, allowing him to participate in training camp, meetings, conditioning work and “similar activities” last season. He ended up playing the entire season aside from the two games he missed with injury and made 25 tackles and six sacks.

But the NFL suspended him for a fourth time in February.

19 responses to “Randy Gregory hasn’t applied for reinstatement but still wants to play this season

  1. Why apply?…every year its the same thing! Randy Gregory does not get the message so whats the point?

  2. He hasn’t applied yet because he can’t pass the test yet…still smoking weed!

  3. I don’t see it happening. He was suspended for a FOURTH time. I thought that was an indefinite suspension–which should be at least a year. Why bother anyway. It’s only a matter of time before he’s on the suspended list again.

  4. Should have played on the West Coast where weed is legal! Much of the rest of the country AND the NFL needs to catch up. And I don’t smoke, but I don’t understand that others want to dictate what others should do with their lives. So much for freedom.

  5. While everyone above me continues to shame Randy Gregory for dealing with a menral disorder, I for one want the best for him and his comeback.

    Bipolar is a real disorder with some negitive consequences if not treated by a doctor. He has taken the right steps to address this and deserves to play football again.

    This isn’t about weed this is about mental health!

    Good Luck Randy!

  6. No, absolutely not!
    At some point players should be OUT of second chances.
    It makes me sick how players can commit crimes, break rules, etc and excuses are made for them in order to shame teams to sign stupid players.
    There’s 2 sets of rules, one for players where they are not held accountable for anything and another set for owners and coaches where they are held to an impossible standard.

  7. Ridiculous. Randy Gregory is a nonviolent person who likes to smoke weed, something that will be legal nationally in our lifetime. Furthermore, Adrian Peterson missed a year, Ezekiel Elliott missed 6 games, while Tyreek Hill will play week 1…ridiculous consistency. The NFL is ridiculous and Roger Goodell is an embarrassment. I really think I hate this league. About ready to turn off the TV.

  8. skawh says:
    August 5, 2019 at 7:02 pm
    Should have played on the West Coast where weed is legal! Much of the rest of the country AND the NFL needs to catch up. And I don’t smoke, but I don’t understand that others want to dictate what others should do with their lives. So much for freedom.
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    personal opinions aside, these guys are making pretty good money, is it that hard to follow the rules? Eventually the rules will change but until then dont use it.

  9. Yeah, just let everyone do what they want, it’s their life. Who needs rules and regulations. Really, that’s your mentality. Have you noticed that this country is going down hill fast because of that way of thinking.

  10. @Kerry Burton says:
    August 5, 2019 at 9:40 pm
    While everyone above me continues to shame Randy Gregory for dealing with a menral disorder, I for one want the best for him and his comeback.
    Bipolar is a real disorder with some negitive consequences if not treated by a doctor. He has taken the right steps to address this and deserves to play football again.
    This isn’t about weed this is about mental health!

    Good Luck Randy!
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    Bipolar is certainly a disorder. However, are you saying he’s failed drug tests due to bipolar medication or he’s bipolar and treating it with non-perscription drugs? If that’s the case then everyone around him has failed him. There’s been no reports of him displaying bipolar tendencies, because if he did, those episodes would certainly have been reported. I’ve coached two players who’s father had it. Before he was diagnosed, it was a scarey situation for everyone. Since that time, he’s on proper medication and doing quite well. So I’m not buying what you’re selling as it relates to Randy Gregory.

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