For a moment, the big news on Sunday was how Cowboys defensive end, Randy Gregory had won his appeal and would only have to serve a four-game suspension. However, someone got a little a head of themselves and it turns out we are still in the dark on this one.
Nothing’s changed with this situation.
On Saturday, Gregory found out that his four-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse became official. However, Gregory is still appealing his 10-game suspension for another substance abuse violation, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Sunday.
While it would have been nice to have his suspension lifted, there would still be a lot of skepticism about when he’d actually be able to contribute to the team.
The Star-Telegram, in its report that Gregory won his appeal, added that Gregory is still in rehab. Considering he hasn't practiced with the team this summer, there's a real chance that Gregory isn't in playing shape. He'll have time, at least, to work himself back into shape. The Cowboys' fifth game of the season won't come until Oct. 9.
Not sure why there were thoughts that he had won his appeal.
@Edwerderespn So what did he win, exactly? Nothing? Was it just a joke? Tell me something meaningful, Ed.— Dan Rogers (@DannyPhantom24) September 4, 2016
He won nothing. He's appealing. No hearing. Reports to contrary wrong as acknowledged https://t.co/6FY7oZM4Ny— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 4, 2016
Without the services of Gregory, the team is still in need of finding players who can et to the quarterback. The Mothership breaks down the roster at each position group, including the one that has us all scratching our heads - the defensive line.
Defensive Line (8): Tyrone Crawford, Terrell McClain, Maliek Collins,Cedric Thornton, Jack Crawford, David Irving, Benson Mayowa, Charles Tapper – The Cowboys appear a bit light here at the moment, having kept 10 defensive linemen on last year’s initial 53-man roster. The tackles are Tyrone Crawford, McClain, Collins and Thornton, with Jack Crawford providing versatility at tackle and end. The rest of the defensive ends are Irving, Mayowa and Tapper, the fourth-round pick who has been sidelined by a back injury the last three weeks. Linebacker Kyle Wilber does have versatility to play end as well. DeMarcus Lawrence moves to the Reserve/Suspended list to serve his four-game NFL suspension. Randy Gregory is on the Reserve/Did Not Report list.
The Cowboys did not make any waiver claims, which is surprising. They lost OT Bryan Witzmann to KC— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 4, 2016
It’s not like you’re going to find any nice treasures in the free box at each team’s garage sale, but it would have been nice to have gotten something.
While the Cowboys didn’t pick up an new players, they signed several players to the practice squad, including everyone’s favorite tight end project.
Glad to still be apart of the Dallas Cowboys organization. #CuttWork continues .— Rico Gathers (@kinggatz2) September 4, 2016
It would have been a scary thought to have to call upon the young Jameill Showers should something happen to Dak Prescott. The Cowboys released Showers after his second straight year of struggling in the preseason.preses
Showers, who played college ball at UTEP and Texas A&M, flashed some potential but showed his inexperience as well. He finished the preseason 21-of-62 passing for 318 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The Cowboys still have space available on the practice squad should they go that route.
Hey, guess what? The season starts Sunday!
Just because you made the team doesn’t mean you made the team. With more moves a possibility, players at the bottom of their position group are far from safe.
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The biggest surprise of all today was not who got released but that Wilcox did not. However, that may be a temporary issue.
Dallas seems to have all bases covered at safety. Byron Jones and Barry Church are starting. Jeff Heath is the experienced backup and special teams ace. Kavon Frazier is the rookie in development.
The Cowboys will get back $1.67 million in cap space by cutting Wilcox. If they need a roster spot to add a new defensive end, quarterback, or some other position then he seems like one of the easiest cuts they have.
Raise your hand if you think Zeke is going to win rookie of the year (everyone’s hand should be raised). With no Tony Romo available, Rick Gosselin thinks Elliott’s chances got even better.
How much likelier is Ezekiel Elliott's way-too-early Rookie of the Year case now?
Rick Gosselin: He was the favorite with a healthy Romo. He's now an even bigger favorite with a young, inexperienced quarterback at the helm. The Cowboys can't ask Prescott to do what they've asked Romo to do. Experience goes a long way in the NFL and Prescott lacks it. The running game is an element the Cowboys can trust with the best offensive line in the NFL and the best running back they've drafted since Emmitt Smith. So I expect the Cowboys to be ground.
A lot of people keep asking how many games would Dak have to win in order to keep the QB job if when Romo is ready to return. There’s not an easy answer to this one, but it’s not hard to believe that the guy signing that big paycheck
Sounds like Romo's timetable could be more along the lines of 8-10 weeks ... If Dak starts 10 games, how many of those does Dallas need to come out on top of to stay in any postseason hunt?
Mosley: That sounds like a pretty long time. I could see Tony being ready after six games. But if it's eight games, the Cowboys need to probably be at least 4-4. That probably keeps you in the division race. I have a hard time imagining any of these NFC East teams getting off to a hot start. I think 5-3 is very much possible for Dak. Apparently my longtime pal Sherrington doesn't think so. He fears those Giants blitzes in Week 1. I think Dak will be just fine. There are about eight teams who would do anything have him be their starter Week 1.
Postins provides his weekly ten quick hits, including what the team should have done with Tony Romo.
7. I said the Cowboys should do Tony Romo a favor and put him on short-term IR. The message is simple — we know you’re seriously injured so take your time and get better. Leaving him on the active roster just leaves open the temptation that Romo might try to come back too soon. Let’s home the Cowboys make that move in the next couple of days. Or even hours.
While all eyes will be on the Cowboys new guys, there’s one veteran who will have a lot to prove this season. What better way to start than having to cover Odell Beckham Jr. in week one.
Morris Claiborne, Cornerback
Dallas has seen a lot of bad first round picks during their time in the NFL but none of them have really rubbed Cowboys fans the wrong way more than cornerback Morris Claiborne. The former first round pick has basically been a liability on the field ever since he step foot onto the field. That is all about to change though.
Claiborne has been incredible in camp and has inspired hope that things are finally clicking for the young cornerback. As he enters his contract year, the embattled Cowboys cornerback would virtually have to out perform most of the cornerbacks on this roster if he wanted a chance at landing an extension. Putting on a productive performance against what will be one of the leagues most dangerous wide receiving corps.