Gregory is reportedly hopeful that he’ll be able to prove to the NFL that his substance abuse issues are behind him and ultimately convince the league to reduce his suspension from 14 games down to 10.
This is actually a much bigger deal for Gregory outside of just returning to the Cowboys this season, as Cole points out that it would help him in regards to free agency once he’s in position to test the open market.
Gregory reportedly dropped his appeal of the 10-game suspension he was facing for multiple violations of NFL’s Substance Abuse policy.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported that Gregory dropped his appeal of the 10-game suspension he was facing for multiple violations of NFL’s Substance Abuse policy, which would result in him missing the first 14 weeks of the 2016 season and delaying his return until Week 15.
The 10-game suspension is on top of the four-game suspension Gregory received back in February for another violation of the NFL substance-abuse policy. He failed four drug tests, per the NFL’s drug policy with the first violation coming at the combine.
Gregory, 23, is a former second-round pick of the Cowboys. He’s currently in the second year of his four-year, $3.814 million contract that includes $1.404 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $525,000 for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Gregory appeared in 12 games for the Cowboys and recorded 11 tackles and no sacks.
We’ll have more regarding Gregory as the news is available.