Per numerous reports and effective immediately, the NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory without pay for a minimum of one year for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
The suspension will make Gregory ineligible for the playoffs and marks his third suspension of the season.
Gregory made his 2016 debut two weeks ago in the Monday Night game against the Detroit Lions and recorded his first career sack against the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday. He totaled eight tackles in those two games and looked to help bolster the Cowboys pass rush and assist the thin rotation on the defensive line.
He had previously served four-game and ten-game suspensions back-to-back for a violation and then for missing a test in the offseason. Those suspensions were handed down to him earlier this season. Per Jon Machota, Gregory was a participant in today’s practice for the Cowboys but was not made available to the media after.
Drafted by Dallas in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Gregory was considered a steal in the draft. Many experts considered him a first-round talent with previous off-the-field issues including a failed drug test at the 2015 Combine. He played in 12 games as a rookie and missed four due to an ankle injury.
The suspension comes two days after Gregory spent time in New York on Tuesday at his appeal of his third suspension. Gregory was without his agent as they had parted ways recently.
The earliest Gregory can apply for reinstatement is November 6.
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