The Cowboys front seven has been decimated in recent weeks thanks to off-the-field issues. Linebacker Rolando McClain – once viewed as a great comeback story – is reportedly battling an addiction to codeine cough syrup and has been handed a ten-game suspension. Defensive lineman Randy Gregory is in a treatment facility and could be suspended for 10-14 games if his longshot appeal is not successful. Also, star defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will be suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse.
So, what will the Cowboys do to help fill the void? Could they be desperate enough to tackle this rash of suspensions by welcoming back troubled defensive end Greg Hardy?
“I don’t see that happening. We certainly had that experiment, and unfortunately it didn’t work out,” Cowboys VP Stephen Jones told Mike Florio of PFT. “We’ve moved on and we think we’ve got some good football players on our defensive line that should only get better. They’re young. I’m certainly not naive, I know we don’t have proven production on that defensive line as we sit here today, but I do think we have some good athletes that are only going to get better.”
Jones did say the Cowboys would keep their “eyes peeled” with regards to adding a veteran to their defensive line. However, that lineman will not be Hardy.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus claims there is “substantial” interest in his client, though the Jaguars are the only team to have auditioned him so far.
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