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Suspended Cowboys DE Randy Gregory to submit application for reinstatement

Randy Gregory

Suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is hoping to get back on the field in 2018. Gregory is set to submit his application for reinstatement on Thursday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

There were already reports as early as last week that Gregory was getting ready to submit his reinstatement application to the league, and it appears those reports were accurate.

Gregory has not played a game in the NFL since the Cowboys’ regular-season finale in 2016 as he served a one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Rapoport reports that he spent more than six weeks in intensive drug and alcohol rehab, as well as counseling, in preparation for his potential reinstatement.

By filing the paperwork at this time, Gregory will have a chance to be reinstated by the league in time for training camp in July.

Gregory, 25, was the Cowboys’ second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. His football career to date has been marred by multiple substance abuse-related offenses which have seen him appear in just 14 regular-season games in three years. He has just one sack with 20 tackles in those 14 games.

The Cowboys aren’t exactly lacking in edge rushers at the moment. They’ve put together a surprisingly deep defensive end depth chart made up of DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Taco Charlton, Kony Ealy, Datone Jones, and Charles Tapper.

But if reinstated, the addition of a talented pass rusher in Gregory could be yet another dangerous weapon that the Dallas defense can throw at opposing quarterbacks this upcoming season.