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Jason Garrett ‘absolutely’ sees role for Randy Gregory

Randy Gregory is “doing a lot better,” coach Jason Garrett says.
Randy Gregory is “doing a lot better,” coach Jason Garrett says. AP

Randy Gregory rejoined the Dallas Cowboys this week, and is eligible to attend meetings and work in the weight room.

When he’ll be eligible to return to game action is still to be determined. Gregory is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, and is facing an additional 10-game suspension for another failed test that is under appeal.

But, should Gregory become eligible at some point this season, Garrett said he “absolutely” sees a role for Gregory on the team.

Gregory, a 2015 second-round pick out of Nebraska, is arguably the most talented pass rusher on the Cowboys, although he didn’t record a sack last season as a rookie. The Cowboys are a team desperate for pass rush help after recording only 28 sacks in 2014 and 31 last season.

Garrett said he has had some brief conversations with Gregory since he rejoined the team earlier this week. The Cowboys moved him from the reserve/ did not report list to the reserve/ suspended list on Monday.

Garrett said that Gregory is “doing a lot better” after spending time at a rehab clinic.

“Talk about everything,” Garrett said of the conversations with Gregory. “You try to get to know your players as people and then certainly we’re football coaches so we always talk about football and how they’re doing physically and what their role’s going to be going forward.”

Along with Gregory, the Cowboys are also without defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence for the first four games. Lawrence also violated the league’s substance-abuse policy, but will return in Week 5.

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