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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory’s 10-game suspension still under appeal

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) has apparently won his appeal of a 10-game suspenson for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and will only be suspended for four games.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) has apparently won his appeal of a 10-game suspenson for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and will only be suspended for four games. AP

*Editor’s note: This is a correction to an earlier version of this story that stated that Randy Gregory had apparently won his appeal to an additional 10-game suspension. It remains under appeal.

Suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory is still facing an additional 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

The NFL mentioned Gregory’s initial four-game suspension on a personal notice sent around the league Saturday night.

But that was only to make the violation from February official at the start of the season.

A subsequent violation of the substance policy Gregory was reported in July. It has been appealed by Gregory’s agent Deryk Gilmore.

Per a source, the league has yet to respond to the appeal.

Meanwhile, Gregory’s status with the Cowboys remains unclear.

The 2015 second-round pick was placed on the reserve/did not report list before training camp.

He is still in a substance abuse treatment facility, a source said.

Gregory has had four policy violations and/or failed four tests since February 2015. The first one was at the NFL Scouting Combine, which landed him in the substance abuse program. A second resulted in a two-game fine. A third one resulted in a four-game fine and the fourth one left him with a four-game suspension.

A source said Gregory ran afoul of the program a fifth time, thus triggering an additional 10-game suspension.

An NFL spokesman said the league would have no further comment on Gregory beyond what was announced on Feb. 19 when the four-game suspension was revealed.

There is a thought process that Gregory might not play at all in 2016 if he had received a 10-game suspension tacked on to the initial four-game ban.

If it stays at four, he will have a chance to get back on the field at some point this season if he is able to get himself together off the field.

There is little chance he would be able to play after four games considering he missed all of training camp and the preseason and is still in rehab.

He is still out of shape and out of sorts.

But the Cowboys have not given up on Gregory, considering that Gregory has a locker at the team’s new headquarters, the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco.

Linebacker Rolando McClain, who has been suspended for first 10 games of the season and is also on the reserve/did not report list, does not have a locker at the new facility.

He is not expected to play at all this season.

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