A plan for suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive Randy Gregory to return to practice Wednesday was scuttled by NFL, sources confirmed.
Gregory is serving a 14-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
But part of the tradeoff when the league added 10 games to an initial 4 game suspension was the allowance of Gregory to return to practice two weeks earlier if he was compliant during the suspension, a source said.
The Cowboys and Gregory’s agent were prepared to return the 2015 second-round pick to practice Wednesday to begin the two-week period.
But NFL notified the Cowboys late Tuesday afternoon that Gregory had not been in complete compliance and could not return to practice early.
As of now he can't return to practice until after the Dec. 18 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He would the be eligible to play against the Detroit Lions Dec. 19.
The Cowboys still don't know have a firm read on whether Gregory will be allowed to play at all.
He is in the cross hairs of a year-long suspension because of another missed test.
The Cowboys have yet to get any correspondence from the league regarding an additional suspension, according to a source
But the while the team awaits additional clarification, they are anticipating his return to practice so if he is cleared to play he will be ready and able to give the team a boost for the final two games of the season and in the playoffs.
Although Gregory did not have a sack as a rookie last year, he is considered the team’s most talented pass rusher and would be a welcomed addition to a defense that struggles in getting to the quarterback.
Gregory has not practiced with the Cowboys since the end of last season.
He spent the summer in a rehab facility.
Gregory was placed on the reserve/did not report list and did not take part in training camp.
He returned to the team’s headquarters in September where he has worked out and attended meetings with his teammates.