Dallas Cowboys pass rusher, Randy Gregory, has been suspended for one calendar year.
The suspension is due to Gregory violating, again, the National Football League substance abuse policy. Gregory was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015-16 NFL season for violating the NFL drug policy but was able to practice with the team. Under this new suspension, practice with his teammates will not be allowed. The suspension for Gregory was announced on Thursday.
The suspension, should Gregory accept it, would keep him out of a Super Bowl run with the number one seeded Cowboys. He could, however, appeal the suspension, which would allow him to play until the appeal process was played out. There have been no reports to indicate whether Gregory will or will not appeal the NFL decision. Such players as New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, during the deflategate controversy, have gone with the approach of appealing their suspension to allow them to continue playing.
Although Gregory has been announced suspended for a calendar year, he is allowed to apply for reinstatement as early as 60 days before his suspension is over. If he did so and his application was accepted by the NFL, he would be eligible to play in the 2016-17 NFL playoffs if the Cowboys qualified without him on the field.
Although the Cowboys were cognizant of a likely suspension, they activated Gregory on their 53 man roster. This action could hurt the Cowboys as they have a plethora of injuries along the defensive line and lost defensive end, Zach Moore, on waivers.