Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory was indefinitely suspended Tuesday for breaking the NFL's substance abuse policy, the fourth time the troubled player is banned by the league.
The suspension comes about seven months after Gregory has been reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell after a long process to revive his career. Gregory missed 30 of 32 games in two seasons following his first three suspensions.
Gregory had his best year in 2018, recording career highs with six sacks and 14 games. He was reinstated just before the start of training camp last year and was active for the first game of the season.
Although suspensions at the most advanced stage of the League's substance abuse policy last at least a year, it was not easy to determine the length of the last ban on Gregory, 26 .
His previous suspension had lasted a year, and Gregory had waited several months before submitting his case to Goodell in the hope of improving his chances. Several teammates wrote letters supporting Gregory's candidacy.
The Cowboys declined to comment on Gregory's last suspension and one of his representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As for the one-year ban, Gregory will not be allowed to participate in the Cowboys off-season program. He can only go to the team's place of practice to meet the person responsible for his treatment.
Gregory sided with the Cowboys at the end of the second round of the 2015 draft after testing positive for marijuana at the NFL. The notable former Nebraska player was considered one of the top forwards in his draft, and there was an early promise with a strong training camp for the rookies.
After promising owner and CEO Jerry Jones that he could control his problems with marijuana, Gregory only survived one season. He did not have a bag as a rookie when he missed four games due to an ankle injury.
The first suspension, a four-game ban, was announced in February 2016. He was absent from the team during the training camp while he was in rehab. A 10-game suspension came seven months later. Gregory stayed with the team by missing those 14 games before playing the last two games of the 2016 season.
Gregory's one-year suspension was announced during the two-week break in Dallas between the end of the 2016 regular season and a division loss to Green Bay. He missed all the year 2017.