Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters (per David Helman) after Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers that they’ve been informed DE Randy Gregory is eligible to practice next week and play in their Week 16 game.
It’s hard to imagine the Cowboys having Gregory active next week, considering how much time he’s been away from the team while on suspension.
A report from a few weeks ago mentioned that Gregory was eligible to return. However, there hasn’t been an update from the league regarding his return until now.
Gregory failed yet another drug test last month is now facing a year-long suspension as a result.
Gregory has served a 10-game suspension on top of the four-game suspension he received back in February for another violation of the NFL substance-abuse policy. He has failed four drug tests before this with the first violation coming at the scouting combine.
Gregory, 23, is a former second-round pick of the Cowboys back in May of last year. 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’s return to the team as the news is available.