We are just a few days away from the start of Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California. But the “we’’ apparently won’t include Randy Gregory.
Gregory, the Cowboys’ second-round pick from a year ago from Nebraska, was already saddled with a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season due to a violation of the NFL substance-abuse policy. But now he is facing an even longer suspension for another violation, as first reported by ESPN.
Our Mike Fisher on 105.3 The Fan is reporting that in addition to Gregory checking into a treatment facility, the Cowboys are not expecting him to report to the start of training camp.
Gregory did participate in the team’s offseason workout program and he was expected to participate in training camp, even as he battled “demons’’ (owner Jerry Jones’ word) regarding drug addiction.
If the Randy Gregory suspension extends to 10 games (and there is some question over whether the previous four-game suspension will have the 10-game tacked onto it or not), the Dallas defense will have lost 52 games of eligibility to suspensions since 2014. That’s why Fish writes here critically questioning the Cowboys’ “Second-Chance Valley Ranch’’ system … and it’s why CHQ wonders why Dallas — increasingly thin at defensive end — doesn’t immediately call veteran free agent Dwight Freeney, who spent 10 years as a Tampa-2 rushman for Tony Dungy and would fit so well in Dallas that (barring some issue about him we're unaware of) he’d almost immediately walk into camp and become the starter at right end.
Additionally, as addressed in the video above, maybe the Cowboys' habit of "taking chances'' of other sorts in the second round, injury-related, drug-related, whatever, merits some evaluation.