The Dallas Cowboys knew the risk when they drafted Randy Gregory, and now they're sticking by him.
The Cowboys' defensive end has accumulated a number of suspensions for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy over his young career. Gregory recently failed his third drug test since February and now faces a yearlong suspension in just his second season in the NFL.
The Cowboys were able to grab Gregory with the 60th overall pick in the 2015 draft, due to his issues in college. Cowboys' owner/ GM Jerry Jones was well aware of these issues when the team drafted him, and is sticking by him despite his latest failing.
"As long as Randy Gregory is as conscientious, but I'm not going to get into what is the known about dependence and substance relative to well-being, people having relapses," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, according to CBS' Sean Wagner-McGough. "It's a fact of life. He's a young guy. And certainly he's got those challenges. He's our maybe, maybe an ugly baby, but he's our baby."
The former second round pick failed to register a sack in 12 games as a rookie and has yet to play this season. The 23-year-old has received three suspensions this year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy: four games in February, another 10 games in September, and finally a year-long ban in November.
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