September 10, 2018 / 1:11 AM / 14 days ago

Cowboys DE Gregory under NFL review for relapse: report

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is facing an NFL review for what ESPN reported was a substance-related relapse in August.

Aug 18, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) stretches before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

If the league rules against Gregory, he faces an indefinite ban.

He played Sunday in Dallas’ 16-8 road loss to the Carolina Panthers, his first game action since 2016, but left the game for good in the second quarter due to a concussion. He did not speak to reporters postgame, which is standard procedure for concussed players.

Gregory was allowed to participate in training camp without restrictions after the formerly suspended player was fully cleared and reinstated by the NFL on July 23.

Gregory, whom the league conditionally reinstated in mid-July, was permitted to rejoin Dallas at training camp and take part in all meetings and conditioning sessions per the league’s “fully cleared” status under the substance-abuse policy.

Gregory was suspended at least one year without pay in January 2017, his third time violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. That came after a pair of suspensions kept him off the field for 14 games during the 2016 season.

The NFL had said once it verified he has made arrangements for “clinical resources” in Dallas, he would be eligible to take part in all team activities, including practices and games. He must continue to comply with the terms of his reinstatement and the NFL-NFLPA Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse.

“I’ve never been more proud of any individual in my life,” Gregory’s attorney, Daniel Moskowitz, said in July. “I’m very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of his family.”

The Cowboys selected Gregory, 25, in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft from Nebraska.

In 2015 and 2016, he combined for 20 tackles and one sack across 14 games.

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