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Suspended DE Randy Gregory fails 3rd drug test, faces 1-year ban

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, left, faces a one year suspension by the NFL after failing a third drug test. Gregory was suspended the first four games of the season in February and an additional 10 games in September for a second failed drug test.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, left, faces a one year suspension by the NFL after failing a third drug test. Gregory was suspended the first four games of the season in February and an additional 10 games in September for a second failed drug test. AP

This might be the end of the road for suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory.

Per a report by the NFL Network, Gregory has failed another drug test and is facing a year-long suspension by the league for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Gregory is already serving a 14-game suspension for drug use. He opened the season with a four-game suspension before having 10 games tacked on for an additional violation.

Any hopes the Cowboys had of Greogry joining the team at the end of the season and giving the team a boost for a playoff run have now gone up in flames with the latest failed test.

Gregory didn’t report to training camp because he was getting treatment at a rehab center. He later rejoined the team and has been working out at the facility while serving his current suspension. He was eligible to return for the final two games of the season.

It’s a huge disappointment to Gregory and the Cowboys, who drafted the former Nebraska star in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft despite a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gregory promised that he had learned his lesson and would do the right thing once he got back to the Cowboys.

He has failed multiple tests since, which is offset by the fact that he has yet to record a sack in the NFL. He played 12 games as a rookie last year, recording just 11 tackles.

Romo watch

Veteran quarterback Tony Romo is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.

Romo was a full participant in practice all week, the first time he’s done that since sustaining a compression fracture in his lower back in August.

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys will decide before the game whether Romo would be active or not.

Left guard Ron Leary went through a full practice Friday and said he’s good to go. But he’s also listed as questionable after leaving last week’s game at Cleveland with concussion-like symptoms.

Leary is unsure whether he had a concussion or was just “dinged up.”

Left tackle Tyron Smith is questionable with a hip flexor as well as back issues. Smith was limited on Friday and didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday.

Other players listed as questionable include: wide receiver Dez Bryant (knee); defensive ends Ryan Davis (hamstring) and DeMarcus Lawrence (back/ shoulder); and swing tackle Chaz Green (foot/back).

Safety Barry Church (forearm) and cornerback Morris Claiborne (groin) are out.

Dez production

Owner Jerry Jones refused to legitimize the manufactured controversy regarding Dez Bryant’s diminished production with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott on his radio show Friday morning on 105.3 The Fan.

Jones said he has no concerns about Bryant’s numbers because Prescott is playing like a dream, taking the ball where it should go.

“The key thing is Dak is taking it where it should go,” Jones said. “If (the defense) has compromised Dez a little bit, Dak gets it to somebody else. That’s what you dream about. A quarterback that can not only look them off, but read where his best throw is.”

Jones refused to co-sign the notion that Bryant would be better off with Romo at quarterback.

“I won’t say that,” Jones said. “I don’t want to say anything like that. The defense dictates that a lot. I can’t say enough how Dak’s playing.”

Regarding Romo’s health and availability for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jones said a lot will be determined on how he handles today’s practice.

Before this week, Romo hasn’t had back-to-back practices on a Wednesday and Thursday during a season in two years.

If Romo is active after missing the first eight games of the season, he will serve as the backup to Prescott.

“I’m anxious to see how he does,” Jones said. “It’s how you come back after you had two days of practices. I anticipate him doing well. That is the real good thing. We will take it from there. It’s real exciting when you see the play we are getting from Dak and Tony coming out here and getting in the swing of things.”

Cowboys at Steelers

3:25 p.m. Sunday, KDFW/4

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