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Dallas Cowboys’ Randy Gregory could soon apply for reinstatement, per report

March 30, 2018 GMT

The Dallas Cowboys could get a pass-rush boost from an unlikely source.

Randy Gregory is on track to apply with the NFL for reinstatement, sources tell Jon Machota of the Dallas News. Gregory, 25, the club’s second-round pick in 2015, hasn’t played in a game since the end of his second season, when he was appealing his third league-imposed suspension (10 games) for repeated violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse program.

Gregory slid to the Cowboys as the 60th overall pick because of multiple failed drug tests in college that immediately placed him in the league’s substance-abuse program upon arriving to the NFL. Arguably the top pure pass-rush talent in a draft that included double-digit NFL sack artists Vic Beasley and Markus Golden, Gregory has been limited by suspensions to 14 games and one sack — four fewer than his failed/missed drug tests in the NFL, according to Machota.

The Cowboys drafted Gregory’s potential replacement, Taco Charlton, in Round One last April, and VP of football operations Stephen Jones said at the combine last month the team was proceeding as if it wouldn’t have Gregory this season.

But aside from placing the franchise tag on Demarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys haven’t yet addressed their 16th-ranked pass rush this offseason. Although Gregory hasn’t yet done anything on an NFL field to suggest he can be an earnest contributor, the Cowboys surely would give a second-rounder with his natural gifts another opportunity if the NFL reinstates him.

However, that could still be a ways away. Gregory’s representatives are reportedly taking the necessary current steps to get him back on the football field, yet there are several more to go before he’d be eligible to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell regarding his reinstatement.

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