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Randy Gregory’s quest to be reinstated begins this week

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The Cowboys hope to get back the talented defensive end for the 2019 season.

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In what is becoming an all too familiar scenario, Randy Gregory will apply for reinstatement this week from his indefinite suspension.

We’ve known this was coming as reported earlier this month, but it seems as the rubber will meet the road this week. Gregory has spent much of his time in Dallas suspended for violations of the league’s marijuana policy, at one point only playing in two games over the course of two seasons. Last season he was reinstated and played in 14 games and produced six sacks, 15 QB hits, and seven tackles for loss.

When Gregory is available, he is disruptive and could be a valuable asset on the defensive line. The Cowboys have DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn as the starters, but Gregory would serve as an excellent rotational piece, especially in pass-rushing situations.

It’s never been exactly clear what has led to the current suspension. The Dallas Morning News reported:

There’s no guarantee commissioner Roger Goodell will fully reinstate the defensive end before the end of the month. Given Gregory’s history, it appears unlikely the league would levy a fourth suspension that would result in no missed games.

But the commissioner has an option other than denying or granting reinstatement. He could allow Gregory to take part in camp and preseason games with an understanding he will still miss a specified number of games once the season begins.

Gregory’s camp wouldn’t apply for reinstatement if he hadn’t adhered to the program’s requirements. A source said Gregory hasn’t failed or missed a test during his latest suspension.

The league has tended to be more lenient with its marijuana policies in the past year or two. This could benefit Gregory as he tries to get back onto the active roster.