The Dallas Cowboys will get defensive end Randy Gregory back on the field for Monday’s game against the Detroit Lions. It’s his first action since Week 17 of last season. And it will give the team a tremendous boost.
Fortunately for Gregory and the Cowboys, his appeal of the one-year ban the NFL threw his way back in November won’t be heard until January.
Randy Gregory’s appeal of his year-long suspension won’t be until Jan — at the earliest. He’ll almost certainly play into playoffs #Cowboys
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 22, 2016
This means Gregory will likely be able to suit up throughout the Cowboys’ playoff run. If the team were to make the Super Bowl, his availability for that game would certainly come into question.
Back in November, the NFL slapped Gregory with a year-long suspension for once against violating the league’s substance abuse policy. This came after he just recently served a 14-game suspension, which ended recently.
Needless to say, there’s a lot of moving parts here. But for now, the Cowboys seem to be excited about Gregory’s return.
“Oh, man, he’s been looking real good,” defensive end Tyrone Crawford said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He’s looking real fast and definitely excited to get him out there against a team that I feel he’ll actually rush good against. I’m excited, man. The young bull’s back.”
The decision to allow Gregory to play and hold off until January for the appeal will likely be met with questions from others around the NFL. That list includes the still suspended Aldon Smith of the Oakland Raiders.
As it is, the Cowboys will at least have the talented pass rusher back in the mix for the foreseeable future. Whatever happens after that is anyone’s guess.