Randy Gregory curiously tweeted this 20 minutes before he was reinstated on Tuesday.
— Randy Gregory (@RandyGregory_4) July 17, 2018
And just like that, Gregory’s 2018 status was officially changed for the good. A member of the Dallas Cowboys who has been on the field for just 14 games since he was selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. For already 30 games in his career, the defensive end has been suspended for constant marijuana use — including all 16 games in the 2017 season. He hopes to get back on the field in Week 1 for the first time since New Year’s Day 2017.
The NFL has officially reinstated Randy Gregory after missing all of 2017 due to suspension (@RapSheet)
For the #Cowboys and Randy Gregory, it’s been a long, long road. Rarely do players make it back from banishment. Through intensive therapy, rehab and the work of a significant support staff, he’s done it. He’ll be with the #Cowboys in training camp.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 17, 2018
Now reinstated, Gregory is allowed to take part in Cowboys training camp involving meetings, conditioning work and other responsibilities. However, Gregory cannot participate in team practices and games quite yet. The league must be able to confirm Gregory is complying with the terms of his reinstatement.
“I’m very excited. Thanks to the ones who supported me and stood by me. It’s a lot more to the story than it seems and it took me a lot to get to this point. Now I’m ready to make some plays.” Gregory told Jori Epstein of the Dallas News.
Barring another setback, Gregory will be welcomed back to the Cowboys with open arms. A team that already has a vaunted, young and upcoming defensive line adding a talent like Gregory’s could be what puts them over the edge. He wasn’t a second round pick by accident. The opportunity may finally be arising for Gregory to show what he can do week in and week out in the NFL.
However, the past three years of Gregory’s journey have given the Cowboys no indication that he is ready to be relied on just yet.
Gregory is thought and spoken of well in the Dallas locker room. Known as a good, talented kid with a good heart, and the right intentions in his profession of football and in life. Cowboys Nation is behind him, and rooting for his success.