With Aldon Smith reinstated, what's the latest on Randy Gregory's return to Cowboys?

Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Now that Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith's has been reinstated by the NFL from an indefinite suspension, the big question is when Randy Gregory will be given the green light to return to the team as well?

To date, Gregory has been suspended for 46 games as he has not played since 2018, but he has filed for reinstatement. An NFL source was less than optimistic when asked about Gregory's potential return.

No final decision has been made but Gregory's agent Peter Schaffer is encouraged by Smith's reinstatement.

"We are working through the process," Schaffer said in a text message. "We are very happy for Aldon and wish him all the luck in the world and successful resumption of his career. It's refreshing to see the NFL following through on their stated goal to focus more of rehabbing players than punishing players."

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the Players Association ends the policy of suspending players for positive marijuana tests. But it does not provide amnesty for players like Gregory who were serving suspensions at the time the new CBA was adopted.

He still needs approval from Commissioner Roger Goodell.


Gregory, 27, is serving his fourth suspension for violation of the NFL's substances of abuse policy and he has failed or missed at least six tests with the Cowboys. He has played in 28 games in five seasons with the Cowboys. In 2018, he played 14 games and recorded six sacks.

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