Dallas Cowboys Randy Gregory Returns, What Can We Expect? Published 12 months ago on December 22, 2016 By RJ Ochoa Share Tweet I’ve said many a time on Ocho Live that to win a Super Bowl… you have to get lucky. Obviously you have to be very good – the best, by definition – and win a bunch of games, but the truth of the matter is that winning in the NFL is somewhat predicated on getting lucky. Perhaps nobody knows this better than the Dallas Cowboys who suffered a mighty bit of misfortune in 2015 that saw that season fall completely apart before it really began. One of the key pieces that was supposed to make 2015 a year to remember was 2nd Round Draftee Randy Gregory. The Cowboys took the former Nebraska Defensive End with the 60th Overall Pick in hopes that the off-the-field troubles he had, which caused him to fall as far as he did, were behind him. Since we last saw young Randy (Week 17 of 2015), a whole lot has happened. He has failed/missed multiple drug tests and has yet to see the field in 2016. On the Friday before the Cowboys traveled to Pittsburgh word began to rumble league-wide that Randy Gregory had yet another infraction, and the future of his career was well in-doubt. That has all seemingly been swept under the rug to a degree as Randy Gregory has officially returned to Dallas Cowboys practice. That’s right… time to party. Dallas Cowboys on Twitter Guess who’s back? Practice report: https://t.co/c7kBB4fkWx https://t.co/xZ6W4RSIy0 This is the first time that Randy Gregory is practicing since OTAs all the way back in May, which leads us to wonder… what can we really expect from him? It’s unknown whether or not Randy will play during this season’s Monday Night Football finale when the Cowboys host the Lions the day after Christmas, but it is universally acknowledged that his presence as a football player is better than his absence. All signs pointed to the Cowboys being geniuses during the 2015 season opener against the Giants when we saw Randy Gregory wreaking all kinds of havoc. Unfortunately he suffered a high ankle sprain and missed a good chunk of time after that small glimmer of hope. That was a long time ago, but it’s hard to believe that Randy isn’t already one of the more-talented rushmen on the current Cowboys. Dallas is dealing with injuries to Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence currently, and while David Irving had another coming out party against the Buccaneers… help is always needed. The frustrating thing about Randy Gregory’s situation – if you want to call it that – is the ambiguity circling it, thanks to the NFL. Ian Rapoport on Twitter Randy Gregory’s appeal of his year-long suspension won’t be until Jan – at the earliest. He’ll almost certainly play into playoffs #Cowboys Randy Gregory is in fact appealing the year-long suspension from the infraction that occurred shortly before the Cowboys traveled to Pittsburgh, but if the appeal isn’t happening until January then he’s currently allowed to play. As awesome as this seemingly is, what if the appeal doesn’t go his way? Would some type of penalty then be enforced during the middle of January and the Cowboys’ playoff run? The NFL is a mess. One of the physical details that made Randy Gregory such a top prospect is the length of his arms. He has a physical ability to separate himself from opposing tackles that allow him to rush the quarterback. It’s been a very long time since Randy Gregory played and as a result we need to seriously manage our expectations of him, but there does seem to be some poetry to the fact that his first two career games were against the Giants and those are the 2016 Cowboys’ lone losses. If the Cowboys want to carry Randy Gregory going forward they will have until 3pm CT Monday to make this decision. Todd Archer on Twitter The Cowboys have until 3 p.m. CT Monday to add Randy Gregory to 53-man roster in order to play against Detroit. He’s on exempt list now. The best thing we can all do regarding the Randy Gregory situation is to not expect much. Randy Gregory is icing on top of the cake 2016 has baked for us, let’s hope it’s a good flavor. Tell us what you think about “Randy Gregory Returns, What Can We Expect?” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa! ADVERTISEMENT Related Topics:Randy Gregory Up Next Cowboys Are 2016 NFC East Champions, Top Seed in NFC Playoffs Don't Miss 2017 Free Agency: Why This Cowboys’ OL Is Going To Cash In RJ Ochoa I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let’s roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout! Advertisement You may like Remember Randy Gregory? Recent Updates on Cowboys DE Cowboys en Español: Buenas Noticias para Jaylon Smith, ¿Fin de Randy Gregory?, ¿Adiós a Lucky Whitehead? Is It Time To Give Up On DE Randy Gregory? Will The Gareon Conley Situation Impact The Dallas Cowboys Draft? The Curse of Larry Allen; Cowboys Have Ugly 2nd Round Draft History Cowboys Need DE Help, But Will the Salary Cap Cooperate? Click to comment Game Notes DAL 20, OAK 17: Cowboys and Playoff Hopes Survive Wild Game Published 1 hour ago on December 17, 2017 By Jess Haynie On a night when almost everything seemed to bounce the Raiders’ way, the final crucial play went in Dallas’ favor. That proved to be all the difference, allowing the Cowboys to improve to 8-6 and keep their playoff hopes alive in a pivotal road game in Oakland. After a 55-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Jourdan Lewis moved Oakland 15 yards from the endzone, Oakland had a few shots at a game-winning touchdown before they’d attempt a tying field goal. On 3rd-and-3, Derek Carr scrambled and went for the score. He dived along the sideline and stretched the ball out toward the pylon, only to lose control. The ball left his hands, crossed the goal line, and went out the side of the endzone. Cowboys ball. Cowboys wins. That fumble was Oakland’s fourth of the night. Cordarrelle Patterson fumbled on two of his kick returns but both times the ball rolled out of bounds. Michael Crabtree also fumbled after a catch, but Dallas failed to recover it before the receiver could get back on top of the ball. Both teams were playing for their playoff lives. When the game was tied 10-10 in the 3rd quarter, Dallas faked a punt from their own 24-yard-line as Chris Jones kept the ball and ran 24 yards. The very next play, the Cowboys attempted a flea-flicker to Terrance Williams that was incomplete. It was perhaps the most aggressive series of calls we’ve seen from Dallas all year. It was a tough, ugly game. There were 21 total penalties, 14 of which surprisingly belonged to the Raiders. Oakland’s offense executed more consistently while the Cowboys still made crucial stops when needed. In the end, Dallas survived and advanced in their efforts to sneak back into the NFC playoffs. Other Notes Dak Prescott had a rough night with two interceptions and no passing touchdowns. One of those picks was due to contact on the throw, but he also missed some opportunities with errant throws and bad reads. He did run one in, though, and had 32 rushing yards total for the game. Alfred Morris and Rod Smith combined for a woeful 74 yards on 23 carries. After a few weeks of big production, this was a good reminder of why we’re so happy to have Ezekiel Elliott returning next week. While Dallas was unable to sack Derek Carr tonight, they applied a lot of pressure and forced several bad throws. Carr only completed 55% of his passes thanks to consistent heat from DeMarcus Lawrence, Sean Lee, and even Taco Charlton on a few plays. It was another solid night from the Cowboys’ young cornerbacks. Despite the big penalty on Oakland’s final drive, Lewis had a solid night all around along with Chidobe Awuzie. Anthony Brown also showed up, having a few nice deflections in crunch time. The Cowboys will head back to Dallas to reunite to with Ezekiel Elliott and prepare a welcoming party for the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday. Seattle was humiliated at home today, losing 42-7 to the visiting Rams. With the Cowboys and Seahawks now tied at 8-6, Dallas can bury them next week with a victory. ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Game Notes Cowboys and Raiders Offer Many Parallels Published 10 hours ago on December 17, 2017 By Jess Haynie For only the 12th time since their first meeting in 1974, the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders will face off tonight in what will likely be a season-ending game for the loser. Two of the NFL’s premiere franchises, the Cowboys and Raiders have lived almost entirely separate lives throughout their history. Despite that, the two organizations in many ways seem like mirror images of each other. The Raiders are up by one game, 6-5, in the previous 11 games between Dallas and Oakland. The Cowboys have won the last two matchups, both of which were in Dallas. This will be the first they’ve played in the Raiders’ stadium since 2005. WR Dez Bryant Oakland is one of only a few NFL franchises the Cowboys have a losing record against. Dallas is .500 or better against 26 the 31 other teams in the league. The only other franchises with winning records against the Cowboys are the Baltimore Ravens (4-1), Cleveland Browns (17-14). Denver Broncos (8-5), and the Green Bay Packers (19-17). Throughout NFL history, perhaps now two owners have challenged the establishment more than the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and the late Al Davis of the Raiders. Davis sued the NFL in 1980 when his efforts to most the team to Los Angeles were blocked. This year, Jerry Jones threatened litigation against the league for how the commissioner’s contract negotiations were being handled. in 2017, the Cowboys and Raiders were both Super Bowl contenders who have had disappointing the seasons. They go into this week at 7-6 and 6-7 respectively, nearly even, and with similarly slim hopes of still making the playoffs. Both may be still be able to sneak in if they keep winning, but help from other teams is also needed. QB Dak Prescott Even their quarterbacks can be compared. Dak Prescott and Derek Carr are two of the top young stars at QB in the game but have had adversity this year. Carr has been trying to bounce back from a major leg injury last year that cut short his breakout season. Prescott, a rookie sensation in 2016, has had to fight the sophomore slump while also dealing with the loss of offensive MVP Ezekiel Elliott. If that wasn’t enough, both their first names start with a “D” and end with a “K.” Mind-blowing stuff, huh? All kidding aside, both Dallas and Oakland entered 2017 with championship goals and have had tough blows along the way. Both will be without key players tonight; Dallas still missing Elliott while the Raiders won’t have franchise receiver Amari Cooper. These personnel issues have plagued their seasons and left both on the brink of playoff elimination. Who stays alive tonight? For two teams that only see each other every four years, this reunion is of incredible importance to both their immediate futures. ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Game Notes Cowboys, Raiders Week 15 Injury Report Published 11 hours ago on December 17, 2017 By Jess Haynie Tonight’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders features two teams still hanging on to slim playoff hopes. Both will have to try to keep their seasons alive without some key players, according the final injury report for Week 15. Dallas Cowboys WR Brice Butler (foot) – OUT TE James Hanna (knee) – Questionable OT Tyron Smith (back) – Questionable OT La’el Collins (back) – Questionable DL David Irving (concussion) – OUT DT Maliek Collins (foot) – Questionable LB Sean Lee (hamstring/back) – Questionable LB Justin Durant (concussion) – OUT CB Orlando Scandrick (back) – OUT Don’t be worried by any of the key “questionable” players. They’re all dealing with nagging injuries and will likely be on the injury report the rest of the year. There is no indication that Sean Lee, Maliek Collins, or either of the starting offensive tackles will miss the game. Brice Butler will miss his return game against his former team, which is more sad for him than any real issue for the Cowboys. Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown could see some more usage on offensive as a result. Missing David Irving will hurt as Dallas needs to get pressure on Derek Carr. Coupled with Orlando Scandrick’s absence, the Raiders could be dangerous with their passing game. Thankfully, some of this is offset by their star receiving also missing the game. Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) – OUT TE Clive Walford (concussion/neck) – OUT C/G Jon Feliciano (concussion) – Questionable DL Mario Edwards Jr (ankle) – OUT DL Denico Autry (hand/ankle) – Questionable CB David Amerson (foot) – Questionable S Ofi Melifonwu (hip) – OUT DB Keith McGill (knee) – Questionable The big news here is obviously Cooper being out. Michael Crabtree can still ball but Cooper is one of the top receivers in the game. Dallas’ young corners can breathe easier now. The big injury on defense is Edwards, the son of the former Cowboys cornerback. He’s started all 13 games this year for Oakland. They also could be without starting corner David Amerson due to a foot injury. That could help Dak Prescott to keep the momentum going from his statistical breakthrough last week. The rest of the players on the Raiders’ report are all backups. ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Sportsbook odds for all Dallas Cowboys games Reader Survey Want to help make Inside The Star better? We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device. > Take the survey now Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.). 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