The NFL on Tuesday reinstated Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory on a “conditional basis” after he was suspended for the entire 2017 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Gregory will reportedly be permitted to rejoin the team at training camp next week for practices, meetings and conditioning. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News Tuesday, Gregory was thrilled with the league’s decision.
I’m very excited,” Gregory said. “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 hasn’t played since the final regular season game of the 2016 season. He was suspended without pay for repeatedly violating the league’s substance abuse policy and must now meet strict requirements for his reinstatement, including submitting information about his treatment and abstinence from substance abuse, as well as an interview with a medical advisor.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said the first order of business will be getting Gregory back into the “groove” of the game.
“First with him, get him in a stance and get him going,” Marinelli said. “He’s been off for a long time. He’s talented, no question, and he’s a great guy. And smart. But number one thing we’ve got to do is groove him back in, groove him back in before I set standards for him and goals. Let’s just get him in the stance and start teaching the game of football. Cause like I say, it’s kind of like golf, if you don’t play for three of four months, a year, it’s not the same, the timing. I’m just excited hopefully to get a chance to work with him again.”