A few years ago, former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory was considered a potential top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. A failed drug test caused a slide all the way to the back of the second round, and further issues have basically derailed his NFL career.
Gregory, who was taken by the Cowboys, dealt with injury issues that caused him to miss time as a rookie. In 2016, he failed a pair of drug tests, leading to a suspension of 14 games in total. He played at the end of the year, recording his first career sack against the Eagles in Week 17.
That November, he failed yet another drug test, which caused a full-year suspension in 2017. This week, he met with Roger Goodell to discuss possible reinstatement to the league.
From NFL.com's Jane Slater:
In addition to undergoing counseling, the 25-year-old has spent more than six weeks in intensive drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
"Talking to people close to the situation," Slater explained, "they tell me he's passed a number of drug tests over the last couple of years. He's also been able to maintain employment and he wants to rejoin this Cowboys organization, something that he has been incredibly committed to."
We haven't yet heard about a decision on Randy Gregory's status, but he may have hinted at one via Twitter.
On Monday evening, he sent this hopeful message. It has some wondering if he has heard positive news about his football future:
Whether Gregory can be an impact player at the NFL is still yet to be seen. He was a dynamic player at Nebraska, and has shown flashes in the brief spurts of play in the pros.
Either way, the Cowboys would probably love to get the chance to see what he can do.