Randy Gregory Suspended Four Games

Cowboys edge defender Randy Gregory has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse, reports Tom Pelissero of USA Today (via Twitter). Gregory will be eligible to return for Dallas’ fifth regular-season game.Randy Gregory

Gregory, 23, didn’t see a ton of action during his first NFL season — he was slowed by an early-season ankle sprain and ended up recording 11 tackles over the course of 250 defensive snaps. Viewed as a surefire first-round pick – and a potential top-10 selection – based on talent, Gregory slipped in last year’s draft to 60th overall, where he was snatched up by the Cowboys. Off-field concerns, including a failed drug test at the combine, contributed to his slide.

While Gregory didn’t make any off-field headlines during his first year in Dallas, he has apparently failed several drug tests, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Rapoport points out that the NFL’s drug policy calls for a two-game fine and then a four-game fine before a player is suspended.

With Gregory set to miss the first quarter of the season and Greg Hardy potentially departing in free agency, the Cowboys figure to be in the market for pass-rushing help this offseason, in free agency and/or the draft.

In addition to Gregory, another defender, Packers defensive tackle Mike Pennel, also received a four-game ban for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, tweets Jason Wilde of ESPN.com.

Pennel, 24, started five games for the Packers last season, recording 24 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery on the year. Like Gregory, he won’t be eligible to return to action until the fifth game of his club’s regular-season schedule.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  1. These young men are afforded the opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity to make enough money to have financial security for their family “FOREVER”, and they piss it off by smoking weed, snorting cocaine, or whatever their drug of choice might be. It just blows my mind that they prefer drugs over security….

    NFL and franchises need to draw the perverbial line in the sand. 1st offense, suspended for the entire year, with loss of 75% of wages including forfeiture of 75% of signing bonus.

    Next offense they get the whole enchilada and a complete ban…Now if those conditions can’t make these guys straighten up and fly right..you don’t need them anyway…

    That’s just my opinion…until Marijuana is totally legal in the USA…then guess what?
    It’s illegal..

    • ray_derek

      Most have done drugs throughout their college careers, now they become millionaires and you expect them to change their lifestyle?

  2. Most likely tested positive for marijuana need to legalize it in this country and not penalize athletes if they use it recreational. Much better alternative than them getting addicted on pain killers.

    • Thomas

      The idea that these guys use weed as an alternative to pain killers is a load of crap.

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