Indefinitely suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory will apply for reinstatement to the NFL in hopes of getting back on the field for the start of training camp July 27, according to sources.
This has been the plan all along since Gregory was suspended for a fourth time in February for violating the substance abuse program and the terms of his conditional reinstatement.
It was a setback after he had a triumphant return to the Cowboys in 2018 when he was reinstated following a year-long suspension in 2017. He was also suspended twice for 14 total games in 2016 for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Gregory played in 14 games in 2018, recording six sacks and 25 tackles.
His future rests in the hands of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell but the Cowboys always felt Gregory had a chance to gain reinstatement if he adhered to his treatment and recovery as he did previously.
By all accounts, Gregory is doing all the right things and his team is preparing the paperwork to file for reinstatement.
Nothing is guaranteed but the Cowboys are hopeful.
"For all the obvious reasons I don't know," owner Jerry Jones said in March when asked about Gregory being on the field in Week 1. "It's certainly not impossible. But his status is his status. It is what it is. We are going to do everything we can to try to have him overcome this hurdle to get in position to have him help us and he wants to do that."
Coach Jason Garrett has repeatedly said that relapse is part of rehab and the Cowboys have remained steadfast in their support of Gregory.
The Cowboys proved as much earlier in the offseason when they restructured Gregory's 2019 contract and gave him an extension through 2020.