Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory suspended indefinitely for substance abuse

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With the expected departure of fellow defensive lineman and impending free agent David Irving, the Cowboys will be further pressed to re-sign stud pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence and keep him from hitting free agency.

Gregory initially fell in the draft after failing a marijuana test at the National Football League combine, and was hit with his first suspension prior to the 2016 season, when he was banned for four games. Randy is a good young man.

Gregory, a second-round pick in 2015, appeared in 14 games last season and showed some promise on the way to six sacks. He's spent a lot of time getting professional help for his issues.

The 26-year-old has struggled with off-field issues since he was in college.

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Garrett said the latest suspension is not an impetus for the Cowboys to cut ties with the defensive end.

Earlier in the day, before the suspension was announced, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said he wanted to help.

"I think there is certainly a point with different players [a team might decide to cut the cord]", he said. He was reinstated on a conditional basis for 2018. "Gregory, who was suspended for 30 games in 2016 and 2017, was able to get through the entire 2018 season on the active roster".

While under suspension, Gregory can not have any contact with the Cowboys; the organization would like that aspect of the policy to change during future collective bargaining discussions. The way it's been explained to me is sometimes relapse is part of rehab.

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