Cowboys' Randy Gregory Urges NFL to Speed Up 'Unfair' Reinstatement Process

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2020

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory walks the sideline during a preseason NFL Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
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Dallas Cowboys edge-rusher Randy Gregory was suspended indefinitely in Feb. 2019 for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse—his fourth suspension—and is trying to work his way back into the NFL.  

But Gregory tweeted Wednesday that the league hasn't offered him much assistance in his reinstatement efforts:

Randy Gregory @RandyGregory_4

For all of you that’s wondering... https://t.co/gj7nWJpw5e

Gregory, 27, has appeared in just 28 games since being a second-round pick of the Cowboys in 2015, registering seven sacks. He missed the entirety of the 2017 and 2019 seasons because of suspensions for violations of the substance-abuse policy and played in just two games in 2016. 

He reportedly applied for reinstatement back in March. 

Coming into the 2020 season, the Cowboys have put a fair bit of faith in a pair of pash-rushers who have had suspension issues in the past, signing Aldon Smith to a one-year deal. He last played in the NFL in 2015. 

Gregory and Smith were expected to serve as complements to DeMarcus Lawrence off the edge. Getting production opposite Lawrence is important after the team's leader in sacks in 2019, Robert Quinn (11.5), signed with the Chicago Bears in free agency. 

It's also a gamble relying on two players who haven't played much football in the past five years, especially with Gregory's reinstatement still up in the air. And with Tyrone Crawford currently on the physically unable to perform list after offseason surgery, Dallas' question marks on the edge are even more pronounced.