The Dallas Cowboys have announced that defensive end Randy Gregory has been suspended for four games after a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
The Nebraksa Husker standout was easily a first round talent when he decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. However, Gregory failed a drug test at the scouting combine for marijuana use and fell deep into the second round before Dallas decided to use their 60th overall pick on the pass rusher.
Gregory suffered a high ankle sprain during the first week of the regular season and would not return to the field until Week 7. The Florida native had just eleven tackles in 12 games played including one in each against the Washington Redskins.
Scot McCloughan passed on Gregory with the 38th overall pick when the Redskins drafted Mississippi State pass rusher Preston Smith. Smith ended up leading NFL rookies in sacks with eight, while Gregroy failed to tackle the quarterback for a loss even once.
It is clear that Washington made the smart move to pass on an individual that had character issues haunting is natural ability to play football.
It is not yet known who Dallas will play in the first four weeks of the season, but the Redskins offensively line would certainly be welcome to avoiding Gregory. Either way the Cowboys could ill afford to lose one of their more talented players when they struggled to make game-changing plays on defense.
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