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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory on Road to Reinstatement

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The Cowboys may get to add some pass rushing talent this year without signing a single free agent or using a draft pick. Defensive end Randy Gregory, who has been suspended for most of the last two seasons, is close to applying for reinstatement to the NFL.

According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, Gregory's team is closing in on initiating a return to football. It involves a formal petition to the league office, and Roger Goodell in particular, to review the progress Randy's made in his personal life and decide if it's sufficient enough for him to represent "the shield" again.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also weighed in on Gregory's potential return:

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Jerry Jones, speaking at the grand opening of The Star's entertainment district, confirmed that Randy Gregory is preparing to apply for reinstatement and there is hope he can play in 2018. Not much detail beyond that, due to the discretionary nature of the process #cowboyswire

Randy Gregory's been rarely seen since the Cowboys used their 2015 second-round pick to acquire him. He was injured in the season opener as a rookie and missed the next four games, Gregory was active for the final 11 games that year but didn't make much impact, still seeming to be bothered by his ankle injury and whatever rhythm or momentum was lost by sitting out.

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Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory

2016 was basically a lost year with suspensions. Gregory missed four games and then another 10 on back-to-back suspensions for using illegal substances, not appearing for the team until the final two weeks. He picked up his first and only career sack in the Week 17 finale.

That was the last we've seen of Randy in a Cowboys uniform. Another drug violation got him indefinitely suspended and now it's up to Dallas' favorite judge, jury and executioner, Roger Goodell, to decide if Gregory has taken enough positive steps to merit a return to football.

While fans still rightly loathe Goodell for his handling of the Ezekiel Elliott case, that may actually work in Gregory's favor. As long as there's enough to justify a positive ruling, Goodell may be inclined to lean toward mercy in an effort to restore some goodwill with the Cowboys and their fans.

Still just 25-year-old, Randy Gregory could be a major addition to the emerging pass rushers on the Cowboys defense. DeMarcus Lawrence was a breakout star in 2017, David Irving in on the cusp of being a household name, and Taco Charlton was improving as the season went along.

At this point, the Cowboys are in a no-lose scenario with Gregory. If he can come back, he's a cheap backup with tremendous upside. If not, he's someone they'd also written out of their future plans.

It's Randy who really needs the win here, and for his sake I hope he gets it.



Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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4 Comments
  • Ervinlang318

    Zero Expectations. If he’s able to fart and fall down while stopping the run then thats a bonus

  • Derek Robinson

    I’m praying for you Mr. Gregory. What a
    defensive line we would have with you in the rotation. But, beyond football I hope you get your life back on track. God bless you man. EVERYONE deserves a chance for a clean and happy life.

    • Russ_Te

      I agree. Most important is his own struggle, and if he’s not right on a personal level he’d be back off the roster quickly anyway.

      If he gets approval we’ll be able to learn a bit more at camp. What he says his rehab effort is, what he looks like in scrimmages. The talent should still be there, but how close to football shape will be a question.

      If Gregory is reinstated and staying clean, he can be very useful in the rotations. Bring him in on long downs at RDE with 1 job, get in the backfield.

      • EverybodyTalks

        Amen.

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Report: Center Travis Frederick Undergoing Shoulder Evaluation

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After missing the team's walkthrough this morning, it is being reported that Dallas Cowboys starting center Travis Frederick is having his shoulder evaluated due to multiple stingers. According to reports, Frederick has been dealing with stingers all training camp, and the Cowboys are unsure what is wrong with his shoulder.

Frederick rarely misses any practice time at all, and has not missed a start since he entered the league in 2013. He's the catalyst of this offensive line, and will be greatly missed if his injury is severe enough to make him miss regular season game time.

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Jason Garrett says Travis Frederick is getting his shoulder looked at in Los Angeles. He's been dealing with stingers. No update behind that #cowboyswire

Joe Looney has been tasked with replacing Frederick for the time being, taking first team center reps during today's walk through and practice.

Given how meaningless Saturday's game is, I'd expect Looney to start at center against the Bengals this weekend as well. Hopefully the evaluation reveals that Frederick's issues are not serious and he will be ready for game one, but consistent stingers will always make fans fear for the worst.



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Cowboys G Marcus Martin Needs Surgery; Impact on 53-Man Roster

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Marcus Martin, the veteran guard Dallas signed as a free agent last March, suffered a potential season-ending injury in the team's preseason opener last Thursday night. Just how long he'll be out is still be determined, but it still should impact the Cowboys' final 53-man roster this season.

Martin tore ligaments in his right big toe against the 49ers. However, as of yesterday, it was not decided if he would pursue surgery.

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The Cowboys don't expect backup OG Marcus Martin to play this season after he tore ligaments in his big toe in the preseason opener, but he's seeking a 2nd opinion before deciding whether to have surgery. Martin signed a 1-year deal with Dallas as a free agent this offseason.

A former third-round pick in 2014, the 24-year-old was brought in as a potential reserve at both guard at center. He was still in competition with Joe Looney and others for a roster spot, though, and his minimal one-year contract suggested nothing was guaranteed.

Even if Martin doesn't have surgery, he is almost sure to miss the start of the season. Dallas would likely place him on injured reserve, but still have the option to recall him after Week 8.

Marcus' absence all but guarantees that Looney will return in 2018. This will be his third year in the system and his ability to play center is critical.

In my 53-man roster projection last week, I had both Looney and Martin making the team. So if I had that right, that means a spot has opened up for probably fifth-year veteran Kadeem Edwards, who was playing with the second unit in the preseason opener.

The notorious Chaz Green, who has played guard at times, could also be the beneficiary of the open roster spot.

Damien Mama, an undrafted free agent in 2017 who Dallas added this offseason, is the only other guard currently on the roster. We should get to see more of him as the preseason continues.

Marcus Martin's availability, or lack thereof, and how it ultimately impacts the roster will be determined in the coming weeks.



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LB Jaylon Smith 100% Healthy Entering 2018 Season

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If you need any more reason to be excited about the Dallas Cowboys upcoming 2018 season, then look no further than their 2016 second-round draft pick, Jaylon Smith. His comeback story from the devastating knee injury he sustained in his last collegiate game at Notre Dame has been well-documented, but recent news suggests his journey has finally come full circle.

Once considered a top-five pick, Smith saw his draft stock plummet due to concerns he may never be able to step foot on the field ever again. Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys were willing to gamble he would be able to make a full recovery and once again become the player he was with the Fighting Irish.

The long and grueling rehab process couldn't have been easy to endure. Jaylon Smith was forced to pretty much redshirt his rookie season and played on a pitch count Year 2 while he continued to rehab, waiting for nerve regeneration that may never fully heal.

Luckily for him, he joined a team with a really good support system both on and off the field. A support system that just so happened to include his brother, Running Back Rod Smith. It's that support system that could have made a huge difference in his approach to rehab. An approach that may have finally paid off.

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Dallas Cowboys LBs Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith

All reports indicate Jaylon Smith is 100% healthy once again, or as close to it as possible. Rod Smith, his brother, said Jaylon is back to being as good as he was at Notre Dame. Jaylon however said he is even better than he was. But, they are not the only ones weighing in on Smith's health.

Scouting Director Will McClay went on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio Monday morning and declared LB Jaylon 100 percent healthy from the injury he suffered in college that kept him out his rookie season in 2016 and had him on a pitch count in 2017.

Will McClay isn't the only one that has noticed a difference in Jaylon Smith. Head Coach Jason Garrett has said Smith has grown leaps and bounds from last year and are treating him like a player with no limitations.

"Again, he worked hard in his rehab. Coming into this off-season he was able to take that brace off. I think that's freed him up a little bit," Garrett said.

"And he just looks much more natural. So again, you'll have to ask him that very question, but from our point of view, he looks like he's moving around really well, changing direction really well, making a lot of plays. I think he's gaining more confidence with each day. We really don't have a plan for him right now. He's full-go and ready to practice every day with no limitation."

All of these accounts certainly make it sound like Jaylon Smith's arrow is trending upwards and that he is as healthy as he has been since joining the Dallas Cowboys.

Luckily, we don't have long to see him in action. I don't know about you, but Thursday night when the Cowboys take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Week 1 of the NFL Preseason can't get here soon enough.

Are you excited to see a 100% healthy Jaylon Smith this season?



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