Randy Gregory Ready To Play, Frustrated With NFL Over Reinstatement Delay

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory released a statement on Wednesday, blaming the coronavirus pandemic on the delay in his reinstatement to the NFL. 

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— Randy Gregory (@RandyGregory_4) August 5, 2020

"I really miss playing football and being a player in the NFL. I'm doing everything that is asked of me and I'm in great shape physically, mentally, and emotionally but I'm being held back from furthering my career because of Covid and testing," Gregory said. "I've been ready to play and test for months but still have gotten little to no help to resolve my reinstatement. I'm asking more questions than I'm getting answered. It's amazing that the powers that be can keep passing the buck and also use the pandemic as a way to prevent me from joining my team. Telling me to just sit and wait in limbo over things I can't control, all the while doing everything right off the field is unfair and flat out wrong!!!"

It had been some time since we had heard of any movement in Gregory's potential reinstatement. Back in May, it was reported that he was "working through the process” of getting back into the NFL. That news came after Gregory filed a petition to get back into the league in March.

After two months of silence, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Cowboys “all but given up hope” that Gregory will be reinstated from his indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

.@1053thefan @gbagnation has been making this point about #RandyGregory #Cowboys return for months. A challenging path. https://t.co/Wh7b1zZODa

— fishsports (@fishsports) July 13, 2020

105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher echoed Hill's report, crediting the GBag Nation's Bryan Broaddus with predicting the Cowboys were facing "a challenging path" to get the defensive end back on the football field. 

It's unknown why the Cowboys have had a change of heart on the matter, as they had faith that Gregory could potentially make his way back. 

In Fish's many stories on and in his many conversations with Gregory, the gifted former second-round pick who struggles with issues that include marijuana use, he's stressed that this really needs to be about Gregory the person rather than Gregory the football player. 

We believed Gregory was ready to take another shot at the NFL but it appears his situation has hit another snag. 

The 27-year-old hasn't appeared in a game with the Cowboys since he was suspended indefinitely in week 17 of 2018.