Defensive end Randy Gregory has checked into a treatment facility after reportedly failing another drug test
Gregory — who was dropped in the 2015 NFL Draft after testing positive for weed at the combine — was suspended in February after failing at least 4 NFL drug tests.
He was already set to miss the first 4 games of the season — but this new failed test (#5) would mean he’s now facing an even LONGER ban from the league.
Gregory played in 12 games as a rookie and did not record a sack. He suffered a high-ankle sprain in the season opener against the New York Giants and missed the next four games. Cowboys coaches credited him with 11 tackles and 16 quarterback pressures to go along with one tackle for loss.
The Cowboys will also be without DeMarcus Lawrence, who led the team in sacks last year with eight, because of a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy. Linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended 10 games for violating the policy as well.
The Cowboys did not make huge additions to their defensive end group despite the suspensions. They signed Benson Mayowa as a restricted free agent to a three-year, $8.25 million deal and drafted Charles Tapper in the fourth round.
They have been reluctant to go after a veteran like Dwight Freeney, but their plans could change now if Gregory is to miss 10 games instead of four.
Gregory, as well as Lawrence and McClain, will be able to take part in training camp and preseason games. Gregory will also be able to work out on his own at the team’s facility during the suspension, but he will not be allowed to practice.