Dallas Cowboys’ outside linebacker Randy Gregory is one step closer to playing an NFL game once again. According to Dallas Morning News‘ Michael Gehlken, Gregory took part in Cowboys’ practice on Thursday, which is his first in 20 months.
Gregory previously missed the entire 2019 season, being suspended by the NFL for repeated violations of the league’s policies. He was conditionally reinstated last month but wasn’t allowed to practice with the first team until now.
Reportedly, Gregory should have his first game back in Week 7 against Washington Football Team. The 27-year-old Gregory’s most recent game was a Divisional Series game against LA Rams in January 2019.
“Just heard a lot about him from [executives Jerry and Stephen Jones], and so just excited for him for everything he has gone through to get to this point and prepare himself,” said Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy when asked about Gregory. “I think everybody, to a man, is excited to see him take that first step.”
The Dallas Cowboys eagerly expect Randy Gregory’s return, considering they have been struggling on the defense throughout the first four games of the season. Cowboys allowed a combined 146 points in the past four weeks and 430.5 yards on average each game while failing to produce turnovers or get to the opposing quarterback.
Gregory, who was Dallas’ second-round pick in 2015, could definitely help in this department if he picks up where he left two years ago. He finished the 2018 season with 25 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and impressive 15 QB hits.