FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have not moved from their position in the offseason with respect to Randy Gregory, but there is some optimism that the suspended defensive end may be available this summer.
Executive Vice President Stephen Jones said the Cowboys would prepare for 2018 as if they were not going to get their former second round. Gregory could apply for reinstatement at the NFL next week after missing the last season.
"He prepares his information very carefully and prepares his application," said owner and CEO Jerry Jones on Wednesday at the team's annual tournament at Cowboys Golf Club. "I was proud of Randy in this off-season, and I am very aware of how hard he is working to get back into the league and return to the field."
Without Ezekiel Elliott's suspension and legal issues in 2017, Cowboy owner Jerry Jones said there's no doubt on Wednesday that there will be a significant difference in his focus.
Joe Tessitore and Jason Witten will be in the Monday night football booth, and will be joined by on-field analyst Booger McFarland and reporter Lisa Salters.
Gregory and his legal department have put together a comprehensive plan as soon as they drop for reinstatement, which includes support letters from his teammates Tyrone Crawford, Sean Lee and Jeff Heath, sources said.
Attorney Daniel Moskowitz declined commenting on the status of Gregory's reinstatement petition, but said he was "proud" of Gregory's handling of the case
Accor According to the NFL Drug Abuse Directive, all those involved in the trial will take action, which enable it to reach a decision within 60 days of receiving the application. There have been cases where the timeline has been extended because not all steps have been completed on time.
Cowboys will open a training camp in Oxnard, California in the last week of July. If the application is submitted by next week, Commissioner Roger Goodell could make a decision before Camp starts.
Gregory has missed 30 of the last 32 regular season games for multiple drug abuse policy violations, including failed and missed tests. He dropped the Cowboys in the second round in 2015 because of similar problems during Nebraska.
He has played in 14 of a possible 48 games in his career, missing four with an ankle injury and 30 because of suspension. He has a career bag.
During the offseason, the cowboys added Kony Ealy to free agency and raised Dorance Armstrong in the fourth round to add a defensive end group, which includes DeMarcus Lawrence, who had 14.5 sacks last year; Crawford; Taco Charlton, a first-round pick last year; Datone Jones, a former first round of the Green Bay Packers; and Charles Tapper
"We've always said that we're primarily interested in getting Randy off the pitch," Stephen Jones said Wednesday. "I applaud him, I think he worked hard to get to that point, that he can apply for a resume, and I still think he's primarily off the field." There is no doubt what We think about his abilities As a pass rusher on the field We do not just say, 'Hey, we'll build on it.' We're still thinking of him and we hope he does everything in the right way from the field and then good things will happen to him and when that happens we all know what kind of player he can be. "