Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Suspended Four Games For Violating Substance Abuse Policy

The Dallas Cowboys won't have DE Randy Gregory for the first four games of next season. The second-year player was suspended by NFL, the league announced Friday. 

Gregory slipped to the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, in part because of his testing positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine. The Cowboys knew he was a risk when they took him, but Gregory has not been able to stay out of trouble. 

Per the NFL drug policy and Ian Rapoport, this is actually the fourth drug test that Gregory has failed. The NFL didn't announce what substance Gregory was busted for, but it's fair to assume Gregory tested positive for marijuana. 

While Gregory will be able to participate in practice and the preseason, he'll be suspended without pay for the first four games. 

Gregory showed promise in the preseason, recording three sacks. But, he suffered a high ankle sprain that caused him to miss four games and limited him throughout the season. He didn't record a single sack in the regular season, but did have 15 hurries in limited playing time. 

The only notable defensive end set to return to Dallas is Demarcus Lawrence. Both backup Jeremy Mincey and starter Greg Hardy are free agents. The suspension of Gregory might cause the Cowboys to look harder at adding a DE in either the draft or free agency. 

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