Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones didn’t hide the disappointment he felt when the news came down that defensive end Randy Gregory—who only fell to the Cowboys in the second round because he failed a drug test at the Combine last year—will be suspended for the first four games of 2016, reportedly due to three failed tests during the 2015 season.
“This is a disappointment,” Jones said in a statement published on the team’s official website. “We have been clear with Randy about what his responsibilities are and what is expected of him. This is something that he is going to have to work through and correct.”
Gregory missed four games early in his rookie year, too, but that was due to a high ankle sprain.
That said, the Cowboys are no strangers to the concept of losing a defensive player for four games at the beginning of a season due to suspension—they had two such players last year, in defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain.