The mystery of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dodging the media following his team’s disappointing 16-8 season-opening loss to the Carolina Panthers has been solved.
And Jones said it had nothing to do with his team’s woeful performance in the season opener.
It had everything to do with an ESPN report before the game that defensive end Randy Gregory had suffered a relapse in August and faced further scrutiny from the NFL, including possible suspension.
“I didn’t really want to get into any conversation about [Randy] Gregory,” Jones said on his radio show on KRLD FM. “I had made my mind up really before the game that I wouldn’t visit because I knew his situation would come up. It had nothing to do with, as far as I’m concerned, it had nothing to do with visiting with the media regarding the loss. I’ve done that a skillion times as you know. I really just didn’t want to get into the Gregory thing.”
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More importantly, Jones said the report was unfounded and that Gregory will be available for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, absent any issues with a concussion and a knee he suffered against the Panthers.
A source close to Gregory also indicated he didn’t expect the NFL to address Gregory at all and that they have received no notice from the league that he has run afoul of the drug policy again.
Gregory played against the Panthers for the first time since the 2016 season finale due to an NFL suspension for repeated violations of the substance abuse policy.
“Just think that he’ll be, absent any issues with his health, I think he’ll be on the field and have no reason to think that he won’t,” Jones said. “I don’t where the media gets their way of expressing concern other than the fact that his status in the NFL is one that requires him to really be succinct in how he handles his business, which is unlike 95 percent of the players in the league aren’t tested randomly. So, he’s tested randomly as much as 10 times every two weeks. Those things always concern you. But as far as his availability for this coming Sunday, I think it’s great.”
“I don’t think these reports have any substance at all if you really want to know the truth about it. It’s really not good that you can have these issues and have it speculated on and that in an of itself looks to everyone that there is something there. But I have seen too many times the media make these assertions or make these particular, or have these kind of prognosis but it be nothing but pulling it out of the air.”