The National Football League has officially announced that Randy Gregory has been suspended indefinitely over drug use. This is his fourth suspension about drug use. Gregory had a breakout season last year with six sacks and 28 quarterback pressures, but now Gregory's future in the league is now in jeopardy. Randy Gregory had been working towards reinstatement, but he violated the league's "Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse," as well as his agreed upon terms of his conditioning reinstatement.

Gregory has a history of being suspended over drug use

Gregory had been a college standout in Nebraska, ending up being taken in the second round by Dallas, who put aside concerns about his characters and instead drafted him for his talent. Gregory has had a similar situation that Josh Gordon has found himself in. The two have seen their careers come to a screeching halt due to drug use. For both Dallas and Gregory himself, he needs to find a way to repair the damage done by this, take control of his life and take responsibility for his actions. Hopefully, he can also find a way to be reinstated to the NFL.

The NFL originally fully reinstated Gregory in 2018, giving him the opportunity to spend an entire season on the field.

However, according to CBS Sports, many shared concerns about a potential relapse. Gregory failed a marijuana test during his NFL Combine appearance, causing his draft stock to fall and leading him to serve a four-game suspension and later another ten games. The 26-year-old was entering the final year of his rookie deal. In his first full season as a pro in 2018, Gregory played in 14 games, recording six sacks and 25 tackles.

Dallas balancing new contracts while finding a replacement for Gregory

Dallas is losing a top edge rusher who complimented Demarcus Lawrence, who allowed Gregory to get to the quarterback, while everyone was focused on Lawrence. This could also hamper contract negotiations with Lawrence who has become an unrestricted free agent. Lawrence is the top defensive free agent in the market but could be given the franchise tag, if an agreement is not reached between the two sides.

The Cowboys are also working out new contracts for Ezekiel Elliot and Dak Prescott. When the NFL Draft arrives, the Cowboys front office should consider finding their new pass rusher, given Gregory's severe suspension. The 2019 draft class is full of strong edge rushers, so they could find a great player that fits right into Gregory's spot on the roster and compete for the starter position.