Cowboys DE Randy Gregory suspended for one year by NFL, not eligible for playoffs

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league announced Thursday afternoon.

Sources told Cowboys insider Kate Hairopoulos that Gregory attended an appeals hearing Tuesday in New York, the results of which would determine if he will be eligible to play in the upcoming postseason.

The second-year player was without his agent, who terminated the relationship last week, a source said, though that didn’t lead to a postponement of the hearing.

Gregory is serving his third suspension for violation of the substance abuse policy for missing a scheduled drug test in November. He missed all of training camp after he checked himself into a drug treatment facility. He battled substance abuse before the Cowboys drafted him in the second round. He tested positive at the 2015 NFL combine.

“There’s just a lot that you can’t comment on,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM). “We’ll just see how the days go here over the next few days.”

Jones said he understands the NFL’s process regarding Gregory.

“I’m not confused at all,” he said. “I do see where they’re going or what they’re trying to do.”

Gregory registered his first career sack in last Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia and is a welcome addition to the Cowboys’ pass rush. Yet, Jones offered caution following Gregory’s return against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 26, saying he wanted to temper excitement in the case that Gregory won’t be eligible in the postseason. Executive vice president Stephen Jones revealed Sunday that the appeals hearing would take place before the Cowboys open the playoffs in the divisional round Jan. 15.


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