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Cowboys rookie DE Randy Gregory struggles to get back to form

Cowboys rookie defensive end Randy Gregory (94) is back physically but has struggled mentally since returning from a high ankle sprain two weeks ago. But he is coming off his best practice on Wednesday.
Cowboys rookie defensive end Randy Gregory (94) is back physically but has struggled mentally since returning from a high ankle sprain two weeks ago. But he is coming off his best practice on Wednesday. Star-Telegram

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has yet to make an impact since returning from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for four games.

He has played a limited number of snaps — 18 in two games against the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks with no sacks, no tackles and just two pressures in both games combined. But his minimal production and playing time the last two weeks can be blamed on him not being totally back mentally.

“I am not there mentally 100 percent yet,” Gregory said. “Physically, I am. But mentally for some reason, I don’t feel like myself. I can run 100 percent. I can do all my cuts. I can spin. I can do all that. In my head, I am not there yet. I am still trying to trust my leg that it will be all right.”

Gregory still can’t do everything physically with speed and ease as he did before the injury but he is healthy enough to play and perform. He had his best day of practice on Wednesday since returning and believes he will have a breakout game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Gregory said it’s all in his head and an issue of mind over matter.

“I’ve dealt with a lot of injuries, to be honest,” Gregory said. “I came back the same way every time where it took me a little bit to get back into it because I felt like mentally I wasn’t there. My head felt like it wasn’t 100 percent. But I can do everything I have done before.”

He just has to do it on the field.

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