The Dallas Cowboys had hoped to have second-year defensive end Randy Gregory back after a four-game suspension to start the year. That might not be the case now. Sources are reporting that Gregory will be facing a longer suspension, possibly ten games like fellow Cowboy Rolando McClain. In addition, there are reports that Gregory will not be coming to training camp when the Cowboys begin practices later this week, instead he will be entering a treatment facility.
Sources: Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory has checked into treatment facility, won't report to training camp. Already suspended— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 26, 2016
The Cowboys took a risk when drafting Gregory, banking on their ability to help him navigate his addiction issues and keep him on the field. Gregory has the skill-set and talent to be a feared pass rusher in the NFL, but if he can't stay on the field he may never get the chance to prove it.
The Cowboys pass rush was already hampered by the four-game suspensions to Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence, with this latest issue guys who were expected to fill out the rotation will now be asked to step up and take a bigger role for more of the season. Free agent signee Benson Mayowa, second-year player Ryan Russell, and fourth-round draft pick Charles Tapper, among others, will need to prove themselves with Gregory reportedly going to miss much of the season.
Gregory was another of the Cowboys high-risk, high-reward draft picks/signings. So far, the reward is losing out to the risk. Here's wishing the best for Gregory in the treatment facility in hopes that he can get his career on track.