Randy Gregory, a second-round pick in 2015, has played in just 14 NFL games throughout his career. But this week, per ESPN’s Todd Archer, Gregory is set to meet with the NFL — and possibly Roger Goodell — regarding his potential reinstatement. Dallas Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says it’s out of their hands right now.
“We don’t have anything to report differently,” Jones starts. “…other than that I know he’s wanting to move forward with the appeal. I don’t really have anything new to report on that front other than that. I know he’s done the application process, but I’m pretty sure he hasn’t had the actual appeal. It’s in the league’s hands.”
Gregory would fall to the Cowboys in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Why? Due to off-the-field concerns, of course. But Jerry Jones thought he could make things work in Dallas. Instead, it would turn into an outright disaster. An ankle injury would limit Gregory to 12 games during his rookie season. Then in 2016, he would face his first suspension — the first four games of the 2016 season. But Gregory didn’t make things better after that. He would fail yet another test, receiving a 10-game suspension for his troubles. After his two-game stint that season, another suspension — this time for a year — put him away for good.
That may all change very soon, of course. We’ve seen multiple players find their way back into the NFL after going through these issues. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon comes to mind. But it’s not an easy process. Yet for what it’s worth, Jerry Jones couldn’t be much more confident about the situation.
“I have been proud of Randy during this offseason. I’m very aware of how hard he’s working to get back in the league and get back on the field.”
In 14 games for the Cowboys, Gregory has 15 tackles and one sack. Will we see him back in a Cowboys uniform this season?