When the Dallas Cowboys take the field against the Carolina Panthers today, they'll be doing so with Defensive End Randy Gregory ready to play for the first time since January of 2017. Gregory was able to come off suspension and play in the Cowboys final game of the 2016 season, a reality that may be faced again following this week. By next week, another decision is expected to come down from the NFL on Gregory's eligibility, this time due to a relapse the fourth-year Cowboy reportedly suffered in August.
Randy Gregory suffered relapse in August, may face discipline or a decision from the NFL as early as this week, per sources. https://t.co/vJ5SOUYr0w
ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report this story, providing some clarity for the first time in weeks - as Cowboys officials have been asked by the local media about further discipline for Gregory since before training camp officially ended. The team's stance has not changed, in that Gregory will be available today, and it shouldn't when it comes to the NFL deciding what's best for Randy.
"There have been multiple examples this offseason of a player having a disputed test, with the league emphasizing treatment and support rather than discipline, which was one of the NFLPA's goals when the policy was reconfigured in 2014."
Gregory may very become just the latest Cowboys player to get caught in the middle of a power struggle between the NFL and its players association, as was the case with Ezekiel Elliott a year ago.
It is important to remember however that the league has already set a strong precedent with Gregory, turning him into a success story (at the moment) by reinstating him. Gregory's case for reinstatement included letters from his Cowboys teammates that detailed, among many things, just how important it would be for Gregory to remain within the team's structure and contribute on the field.
One thing is certain, and it's that Gregory is ready to do just that on Sunday against the Panthers, who start the season with an already depleted offensive line. This opportunity for Gregory could make his removal from the field even more devastating for Dallas, as this case has always been out of their control.
A reminder that Randy Gregory is in stage three of the drug program. From the NFL drug policy:
The Cowboys will hold steady in their belief that Gregory is a changed man ready to prioritize his tumultuous NFL career and use football to straighten out his life. The NFL will do the same in providing little clarity on just how much this means, and whether or not Gregory will be suspended again as soon as this week.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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