COWBOYS’ DEFENSIVE END EXPECTED TO RECEIVE 1-YEAR SUSPENSION

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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) catches his breath during an NFL football rookie minicamp Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Cowboys headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/James D Smith)

This isn’t the first time that Randy Gregory, the defensive end of the Dallas Cowboys, has made the news about legal trouble. Sources say that the Gregory failed a drug test, which has the defensive end facing a 1-year suspension. A reason that the penalty is so big is that this isn’t the first time that Gregory has violated the league’s rules. The previous violation involved illegal drugs as well.

The first violation came at the beginning of the season. This is when the defensive end was placed on a four-game suspension for substance abuse. At the moment, Gregory has been suspended for 10 games, following a second substance abuse policy violation. The league’s drug policy states that another violation will lead to a 1-year suspension. This situation brings harm to a franchise that is having one of the best seasons they’ve ever had in years.

Prior to the recent violation, Gregory was near the end of his current suspension and preparing to return to the field within a month. He has the option of appealing the most recent suspension, but if he does not win the appeal, Gregory will miss the entire season. A statement was issued by the NFL, which stated “The league has not been notified of any new violations.”

Earlier in the season, the Cowboys’ chief operating officer and executive vice president, Stephen Jones made it clear that the defensive end was down to his ‘last straw’. “This is a disappointment”, said Jones about the player, who is only in his second season in the NFL. Jones delivered a statement, following Gregory’s four-game suspension, which said “We have been clear with Randy about what his responsibilities are and what is expected of him. This is something that he is going to have to work through and correct.”

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