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Will Cowboys DE Randy Gregory play against the Colts Sunday after missing practices?

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory missed the past two days of practice dealing with a personal family issue, according coach Jason Garrett.

Gregory is expected to return to Dallas on Friday and travel with the team to Indianapolis for Sunday’s crucial game against the Colts.

Garrett says he sees no problem with Gregory playing on Sunday and reiterated that his absence had nothing to do with his ongoing recovery from substance abuse issues. He missed the entire 2017 season under NFL suspension before being reinstated prior to this season.

He has missed practice a couple of times to meet with the director of the NFL substance program in Chicago. But that has nothing to do with absences the past two days.

The Cowboys will need Gregory against the Colts, who have given up the fewest sacks in the league.

Gregory is playing the best football of his career, recording sacks in five of the last seven games. He had one sack prior to this season.

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli says it has everything to do with him practicing and playing regularly for the first time in years.

“He has been outstanding,” Marinelli said. “He’s really gaining and climbing. I just think it’s about practice. The one thing, I’ve had him for a long period of time. And he’s just growing and growing each and every week. And he’s playing a lot of football right now. You’re going to see his talent grow and grow and grow and hopefully, he’s structured into details and techniques.”

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.