May 26, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Cowboys disappointed, supportive of Randy Gregory
The Dallas Cowboys are remaining supportive of defensive end Randy Gregory despite his four-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy. “Certainly, it’s very disappointing,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “There’s no question about that. We made that abundantly clear with him, and he understands that more than anybody. But at some point, you have to say, ‘OK, this is what happened; this is what the consequences are for that action; and now we’re going to get to work. I’ve got to make sure it doesn’t happen again, and I’ve got to get to work as a football player to become a better player with the opportunities I do have.’ That’s what our emphasis is with him and really with the rest of the guys.”
Gregory will miss the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He is one failed test from a 10-game suspension. "Again, it’s a work in progress," Garrett said. "He has gotten better. But he has a long way to go. A lot of guys have a long way to go.” Gregory is working with the first team at right end in organized team activities despite the fact the Cowboys won’t have him to start the season. Last year, he had 11 tackles and 16 quarterback pressures. “You treat him like he is going to be part of our football team, certainly at this stage,” Garrett said. "You just get him to work. He will get plenty of work over the course of this offseason, and over the course of training camp and prior to the start of the regular season, when he is going to be gone for four weeks. So get him in there, get a good base underneath him, teach him technique, teach him the schemes we are using, and hopefully he grows every day.” Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.