Rookie defensive end Randy Gregory doesn’t know when he’ll return to practice.
He said Monday that he is still trying to run and work on his cuts, as he works his way back from a high ankle sprain sustained in the season opener.
“I don’t even know yet,” said Gregory, who had three pressures in the opener. “It’s a work in progress. I’m doing all the right things, getting treatment, staying late, trying to get as much as I can. I really don’t have a timetable.
“If I can play this week, that’s the main thing. But if need be, if I need to wait another two weeks, three weeks just to get healthy, that’s what I’ll do.”
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Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Gregory remains “day-to-day” and also wouldn’t speculate whether he may return to practice this week.
“Hopefully we’ll get him out here in the next few days and get him back available to play for us,” Garrett said. “We’ll see.”
The Cowboys could certainly use Gregory, as the pass rush has been inconsistent the past few weeks. The Cowboys had their best pass rushing game of the season against the Saints, racking up three sacks.
But they weren’t able to get to Saints quarterback Drew Brees when they needed to most late in the game. Gregory, the Cowboys’ highly-touted second round pick, knows he might have been able to alter the outcome of the game had he been healthy.
“It’s hard seeing some stuff that happens because you’re like, ‘Man, if I was out there to help out, maybe it’d change the game,’” Gregory said. “But I do my part in supporting them on and off the field. I’m excited to get back out there, hopefully in no time.”