The Dallas Cowboys defense gets even stronger following the reported reinstatement of Randy Gregory
The Dallas Cowboys already figured to have a strong defensive line going into the 2020 regular season. One that features the likes of defensive tackle Dontari Poe in the middle, plus pass rushers in DeMarcus Lawrence, Everson Griffen, and Aldon Smith.
But the Cowboys are also a big proponent of strengthening their strengths. And their already talented D-Line should get even better at some point this season. That’s following a report by both Tom Pelissero and Jane Slater of the NFL Network that suspended defensive end Randy Gregory has now been conditionally reinstated by the NFL.
Gregory was a second-round selection by the Cowboys back in 2015. Projected as a high first-round talent, the young pass rusher fell to Dallas at the 60th overall selection after failing a drug test during the NFL Scouting Combine.
That was a telling sign for Gregory who would go on to be suspended four times by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. The 27-year old has only played a total of 28 games and recorded 7.0 sacks for the Cowboys over the past five years.
The last time Gregory played in the NFL was Jan. 12, 2019, a playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams. That season he recorded 25 combined tackles, 15 quarterback hits, seven tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, and two forced fumbles in 14 regular-season games.
According to reports, Gregory is allowed to rejoin the team this Monday. But he will not be allowed to actually start practicing with the team until Oct. 5. And he is unable to play for the Cowboys in a game until after their Week Six matchup against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, Oct. 19.
If these reports are accurate, that would make Randy Gregory’s potential Dallas Cowboys’ debut for the 2020 season in Week Seven. That’s a divisional away game scheduled to be held at FedExField against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, Oct. 25.