Randy Gregory, defensive end of the Dallas Cowboys, is likely to be suspended for at least 10 games next season, per league sources.
Gregory has been repeatedly pulled by the NFL for violating the substance-abuse policy. Earlier in the offseason, he was handed a four-game suspension. According to ESPN, it is not clear if Gregory’s latest violation is another failed drug test or whether he missed the test altogether.
The Cowboys are likely to their training camp this week without Gregory, who has reportedly checked into an undisclosed treatment facility. The DE’s representatives are expected to appeal his potential 10-game suspension.
Randy Gregory backed by Cowboys owner
Jason Garett, coach of the Cowboys, refused to comment on Tuesday when asked about Gregory’s persistent drug-related woes. However, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has admitted that Gregory needed help and that the organization was doing everything in its power to support the player.
“He (Gregory) is having care right as we speak. We’re well aware of that. It’s very disappointing, but again, it does point out the difficulty you have with addiction. There’s no question that he needs the kind of help and care he’s getting right now. So that is disappointing, but we’ll see what the days bring with it,” the Cowboys owner told Dallas Morning News on Wednesday.
Jones said that team was going ahead with its training camp but is not aware of Gregory’s possible 10-day suspension. “From the standpoint of our team and from the standpoint of his well being we are first and foremost interested in how he can address his addiction and get to where he can function in society first and look to be a football player second,” added the team owner.
Gregory, 23, has had a long battle with substance abuse, dating back to his days as a collegiate athlete. Last year, he tested positive for marijuana during the NFL scouting combine and subsequently fell to the second round in the Draft, where he was selected No. 60 overall by the Cowboys.
Randy Gregory is contracted to the Cowboys on a four-year deal worth $3.8 million. If suspended for 10 games, Gregory stands to lose more than $350,000 of his $608,406 base salary next season.