Gregory could return this season for Cowboys, Irving problematic

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Both erstwhile defensive linemen face problematic roads back to playing in the NFL after their latest suspensions.

Both Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory and defensive tackle David Irving could apply for reinstatement to the NFL as early as July depending on how their individual treatment plan and testing go in the next four months.

By all estimation, it’s likely Gregory has a better chance than Irving of gaining reinstatement despite this being his fourth suspension. Irving has been suspended for substance abuse this time and has a number of personal issues, including a problematic relationship with the mother of his child and the distraction of what he hopes will be an acting career.

Irving has also fallen out of favor with the Cowboys organization while Gregory still remains something of a favorite within management of the team.

Both suspensions were termed “indefinite” by the NFL when they were announced this week. Gregory has had numerous problems with substance abuse and depression dating to when he was in high school. Gregory missed all of the 2017 season and all but two games in 2016. He returned get six sacks in 14 games last season and even started one game.

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Among Gregory’s most recent issues is that he missed several tests that are required under the league’s substance abuse program. However, if Gregory were to get into a treatment program and stay clean in the program, he theoretically could be reinstated by July and in time for training camp.

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