Reports: Cowboys DE Gregory to seek reinstatement

Suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory will file for reinstatement from the NFL next week, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

Gregory was banned by the league on Jan. 6, 2017, for a minimum of one year due to multiple violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. A 2015 second-round draft pick out of Nebraska, Gregory last played for Dallas in the 2016 season finale.

"He's being very diligent in preparing his information and preparing his application," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters Wednesday at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas. "I have been proud of Randy during this offseason. I'm very aware of how hard he's working to get back in the league and get back on the field."

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Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford told the Dallas Morning News that he has given the NFL his endorsement regarding Gregory. Dallas linebacker Sean Lee and safety Jeff Heath also reportedly backed Gregory with statements to the league.

"It's best he's back in the locker room, he's back around us," Crawford told the Morning News. "I think it will be good for him and good for us."

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told the Morning News on Wednesday, "First and foremost, we're more concerned with Randy fixing himself off the field. I applaud him. I think he's worked hard to get to this point that he can apply for reinstatement. ...

"By no stretch are we just saying, 'Hey, we're going to bank on that.' We're still thinking about him and hoping he gets everything done the right way off the field. And then good things will happen for him."

See Gregory throughout his time with the Cowboys: 

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01 May 2015: Randy Gregory High Fives the Fans after being chosen by the Dallas Cowboys with the 60th pick during round 2 of the 2015. The NFL Draft is being held at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory looks on during a rookie mini camp at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Friday, May 8, 2015. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 13: Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 13, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) and head coach Jason Garrett talk after practice in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
29 AUG 2015: Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) prior the NFL preseason game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
13 SEPT 2015: Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Randy Gregory (94) [20417] during the NFL game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Dallas defeats New York 27-26. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 13: Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on as tears flow from his eyes during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 13, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 28-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the game at Sun Life Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Dallas defeated Miami 24-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Randy Gregory (94) and Cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) exchange words on the bench during the Monday Night Football game between the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys on December 26, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys rests during a timeout against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 27-13. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 1: Randy Gregory #94 and J.J. Wilcox #27 of the Dallas Cowboys play against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 27-13. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 1: Dez Bryant #88 and Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys run onto the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 27-13. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) sits on the sidelines during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions on December 26, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Dallas beats Detroit 42-21. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The reinstatement process, involving interviews and examination of medical and police records, could take 45-plus days before it ultimately ends up in front of commissioner Roger Goodell.

Gregory, 25, appeared in 12 games for the Cowboys in 2015 and two in 2016. He recorded a total of 20 tackles and five sacks.

--Field Level Media

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