The Cowboys received some bad news on Tuesday. Per ESPN, second-year Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory is reportedly facing another drug-related suspension after already being suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season. More details from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
#Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is headed to a treatment center in the wake of another drug suspension coming, source say (as ESPN reported).— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2016
There is real worry on #Cowboys DE Randy Gregory, who has shut out some people close to him. The hope is treatment helps this time around.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2016
My understanding of Randy Gregory's coming suspension is its for 10 games, at least. There is concern on #Cowboys that he may not play again— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2016
10 games is obviously a long suspension. And it appears there's also concern he just might never return.
Dallas received a lot of credit for selecting Gregory in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Many pegged him as a "steal" at the time, but now it's clear why he fell further than expected.
Gregory's loss hurts the Cowboys because Dallas is already very thin at defensive end. Starter DeMarcus Lawrence is suspended for the first four games of the season. And it doesn't stop there for Dallas. Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain is suspended for the first 10 games of 2016.
The Philadelphia Eagles first play the Cowboys in Week 8 this year. Both Gregory and McClain won't be available to suit up in that game.