NFL reinstates Cowboys DE Randy Gregory

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File-This a 2016 photo shows Randy Gregory of the Dallas Cowboys NFL football team. Gregory has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, the fourth time the troubled player has been banned by the league. The suspension announced Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, comes about seven months after Gregory was reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell following a lengthy process aimed at reviving his career. Gregory missed 30 of the 32 games over two seasons as a result of his first three suspensions. (AP Photo/File)

The NFL has reinstated Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory.

Gregory has been suspended since the 2019 offseason for repeated violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

The conditions of reinstatement for the former 2015 second-round pick from Nebraska include an acclimation period, and Gregory will then be eligible to return to The Star on Sept. 7 for testing and conditioning. The defensive end will be able to practice on Oct. 5, and then will be able to play his first game at Washington Oct. 25.

“I know every detail about Randy and the league and us,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 “The Fan” [KRLD-FM] on Friday. “I’m not at liberty to talk about those details, but I work on it probably every other day. And, so, the answer that is evolving and I am positive about it.”

The Cowboys had every reason to be positive as the NFL reinstated Gregory that afternoon.

Dallas currently has two-time Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on the roster along with former All-Pro edge rusher Aldon Smith. New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s system is predicated upon creating pressure on opposing quarterbacks with multiple formations. Adding a pass rusher such as Gregory, who had 6.0 sacks in his 14 games with Dallas in 2018, helps the Cowboys’ chances to reclaim the NFC East.