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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory reportedly on track for an attempted reinstatement

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Believe it or not, Randy Gregory could return.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is reportedly close to applying for reinstatement. Yes, Gregory is still a Cowboy and yes, it’s possible he could return to the field.

Multiple sources say Randy Gregory has been faithfully laying the groundwork for his return to the NFL and has reached the stage where his representatives are in the process of doing the work necessary to apply for reinstatement.

Gregory was scooped up by the Cowboys in the second round of the 2015 draft after he failed a drug test at the combine. We all know the story of how the Cowboys took a chance on him with the 60th pick after he tumbled out of the first round. It was a gamble, and one that has decidedly not paid off to this point.

There’s no denying Gregory has talent, but he just can’t stop running afoul of the NFL drug rules. He missed all of 2017 and the Cowboys have repeatedly stated they aren’t counting on him for 2018. If he was able to return, he would provide the Cowboys a speed rusher at end that they covet but have been unable to acquire. It would certainly be a boost to the defensive line if he could play.

But nothing is assured as of yet.

There are still steps to take and paperwork to file before Gregory is close to going before commissioner Roger Goodell to petition for his reinstatement. But sources say he is doing well, adhering to his program and the feeling around him is said to be positive.

We’ll file this one under - We’ll believe it when we see it.