Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said there is a chance suspended defensive end Randy Gregory could be available after Week 4 if he wins his appeal of an additional 10-game suspension.
The appeal of the 10-game suspension has not yet been heard by the NFL. Gregory is already suspended for the first four games of 2016 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
"Yes. That's the reason for the appeal process without sounding curt here,” Jones said Tuesday on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “Absolutely. Now, I don't want to get out and sound in any way that might influence his ability to appeal it. But he's doing the things he should be doing as of right now. And that gives him a chance."
Jones said the Cowboys still have Gregory in their contingency plans for this season but are hamstrung by the NFL’s slow appeals process.
The Cowboys don’t know when the appeal will be heard or if it will even come before Sunday’s season opener, let alone the fourth game of the season.
But Jones said those are things you have to deal with when you allow yourself to get into the league’s substance abuse program.
“This is a well known process,” Jones said. “It goes with the territory. If you get in, if you're a player or you're a team with a player and you get in this world of appeals and you're in the program and those things happen, then get ready for the ambiguity. You condition yourself to this and you make decisions accordingly."