I looked at my email on Thursday afternoon and read this from the Dallas Cowboys: "Randy Gregory of the Dallas Cowboys has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse."
Less than a week after making the first sack of his two-year NFL career, defensive end Randy Gregory will miss the playoffs and the rest of the Cowboys' 2017 season.
He previously served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for his first substance abuse violation and served an additional 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy for a second time.
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones should let him go but that is not his nature. Jones will try to work with him instead of giving him a third chance.
My reason for saying it’s time to give up on him is simple. He’s not committed to football. It’s not the main thing in his life. The other reason the Cowboys should cut their ties is you can't depend on him. This is the third suspension for the defensive end in the last year. He failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2015.
How many more times does Jones want to be let down by Gregory?
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett constantly talks about having "the right kind of guys" on his football team. It's clear Gregory has talent on the football field, but talent doesn't mean a hill of beans if drugs are keeping him from playing on it. He is proving to be the "wrong kind of guy."
Before the 2015 draft, he was rated as a top-10 overall talent but fell to the Cowboys in the second round (60th pick) because of his history with drugs. Jerry rolled the dice and now, when they need him the most for the playoffs, he won’t be there.
It’s time to let Gregory go. He’s had 15 career tackles, one sack and played in 14 out of a possible 32 games for the Cowboys. At age 24, he should have played his last game in a Cowboys uniform.