According to ESPN.com, Gregory has withdrawn the appeal that he filed over his 10-game suspension and will now serve out the entire punishment. The decision to give up on the appeal means that the defensive end won’t be eligible to return this season until Week 16.
The 10-game suspension is on top of the four-game suspension that Gregory is currently serving. If the Cowboys defensive end had been able to successfully appeal his 10-game ban, then he would’ve been able to return in Week 5.
The Gregory ride has been a wild one this offseason. It all started in February when Gregory was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season after he violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The situation got uglier in July when the league started investigating Gregory for another substance abuse violation.
Since Gregory was already suspended for four games due to his first violation, he was facing a 10-game suspension for the second one. Just before the start of the 2016 season, it was erroneously reported that Gregory had successfully won the appeal of his 10-game suspension.
As it turns out though, the Cowboys defensive end is going to have to serve the entire suspension. During his time off, Gregory is allowed to spend time at the Cowboys’ facility, he’s just not allowed to practice. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on Sept. 13 that Gregory will workout at the practice facility and continue his his rehab stint while he’s suspended.
The 2015 second-round pick has only played in a total of 12 games during his Cowboys career.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Randy Gregory reportedly gives up appeal, out until at least Week 16