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Draft Scout *Randy Gregory News
01/05/17 - DE Randy Gregory has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for the third time.
The NFL announced the suspension on Thursday. The punishment begins immediately and prevents Gregory from playing for Dallas in the playoffs.
All three of Gregory's suspensions have come in the past year. He served a four-game suspension at the start of the 2016 season and then served a 10-game suspension for his second offense.
Gregory also failed a drug test for marijuana at the NFL combine in 2015.
Gregory, a second-round pick, played in Weeks 16 and 17 of this season and recorded his first career sack.
01/03/17 - DE Randy Gregory made his first career sack against Carson Wentz in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles.
12/27/16 - DE Randy Gregory was activated and made his 2016 debut following a 14-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
12/27/16 - DE Randy Gregory played against the Lions after missing the first 14 games under NFL suspension. He will play in the season finale, but his status for the playoffs is up on the air because of a pending appeal to another failed drug test that could sideline him for a year.
12/19/16 - DE Randy Gregory is good to go for the final two games of the season and the playoffs.
After missing the first 14 games of the season under suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Gregory will return to practice this week.
The Cowboys don't know if he will be activated for Monday's game against the Detroit Lions, but they will do everything they can to get him as ready as possible.
He also might be needed, considering that defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence missed Sunday's game with the Tampa Buccaneers with a back injury and defensive ends Benson Mayowa and Tyrone Crawford suffered injuries in the game.
"Just take his situation day by day," head coach Jason Garrett said of Gregory. "He hasn't played football in a while. Getting out there on the practice field and playing football independent of the work he's been doing with our strength coaches to get himself physically ready to play. He's got to get himself football ready. We'll try to take advantage of every opportunity we have over the course of the week.
"We have to be honest and objective in our evaluation of where he is and realistic about where he's been. Again, we'll take it day by day. We'll keep our mind open. We'll keep our eyes open and make the evaluation as we go."
Gregory is still not out of danger with the NFL because of a missed drug test during his suspension, putting him in the cross-hairs of a year-long suspension. But that situation is under appeal.
And it's the Cowboys' understanding, the league will not prevent Gregory from practicing and playing in the final two games as well as the playoffs.
The appeal will likely not be ruled on until after the season.