Suspended Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory reinstated by the NFL

Dec 23, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) celebrates recovering a fumble with outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (55) in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are about to have themselves a heck of a pass rush in 2020. Dallas already signed Everson Griffen and Aldon Smith during the offseason. It is now getting a former top pick back into the mix.

Cowboys star Randy Gregory reinstated from suspension by the NFL

A second-round pick out of Nebraska back in 2015, the 27-year-old Gregory has played in 28 career games over the course of his five seasons in the NFL. Most of the time he’s missed has had to do with myriad of suspensions since a brilliant career at Nebraska came to an end.

Randy Gregory suspension timeline

  • 2016: Suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy.
  • 2016: Suspended 10 games for violating substance abuse policy.
  • 2016: Suspended for a year for violating substance abuse policy.
  • 2019: Suspended indefinitely for violating substance abuse policy.

Noticing a trend here? Gregory’s chemical dependancy off the field has stunted the growth of what was once a promising career.

When on the field, the pass rusher has proven to have what it takes to succeed in the NFL. Back in 2018, Gregory recorded 15 quarterback hits and six sacks in limited playing time.

Gregory’s reinstatement adds to a strong Cowboys defensive front.

Following the reinstatement of Randy Gregory, Cowboys have the deepest pass-rush group in the NFL

Dallas took a flyer on another troubled former star in that of Aldon Smith this past spring. A former top-10 pick of the San Francisco 49ers, Smith has not suited up since the 2015 season. The former All-Pro recorded 42 sacks in his first three NFL seasons.

In addition to Smith, Dallas signed former Pro Bowler Everson Griffen away from the Minnesota Vikings earlier this summer. All he’s done is record 74.5 sacks in 10 NFL seasons. Griffen will start next to Pro Bowl defensive end Demarcus Lawrence with Smith and Gregory acting the part of depth options in Big D.