Substance abuse has been a reoccurring theme with the Dallas Cowboys over the last few seasons. Randy Gregory is the ringleader.

When the Cowboys drafted Randy Gregory in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, they envisioned a potential anchor on the defensive line. A first-round talent falling to the second round felt like a no brainer. Instead, thus far they have gotten more failed drug tests than starts from the former Nebraska standout. Gregory has only appeared in 14 games, recording 20 tackles and just one sack in his career for the Cowboys. The high risk, high reward pick just has not paid off.

Gregory was already suspended for the entire 2017 season in January, prior to failing this test. His friends and family are now “deeply concerned for his well being” amidst the events. Some also fear that he is drifting further away from football as time goes on. Gregory’s playing career could be in jeopardy after this latest setback.

The 24-year-old is already on stage three of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, meaning unannounced drug tests at any time. An indefinite suspension from the league is likely coming. Jerry Jones has displayed his disagreement with how Gregory’s situation has been handled. He has also been praising the work he has been doing in his rehab program, but knew a suspension was imminent.

By taking defensive end Taco Charlton in the first round of this years’ draft, the Cowboys hope he can fill the void Gregory was unable to fill over the last two seasons.

Here is a little taste of what could have been with Gregory.

For quality up-to-date sports reporting, visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

For all your collegiate and professional apparel needs, check out 365 Gameday.


Leave a Reply