Timber. That was the sound of some tall trees falling in a hurry in the NFL draft as several top draft prospects plummeted due to character questions.
Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory fell out of the first round altogether after testing positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine and facing other lingering questions about his personality.
LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins may go undrafted completely as police want to interview him in connection with a murder investigation of a pregnant woman who was his former girlfriend. Although Louisiana police say he’s not a suspect in the crime, the specter of having an employee embroiled in a legal situation caused NFL…
DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Fresh off the news of his indefinite suspension from football for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Randy Gregory has been hit with more bad news.
Gregory is now facing eviction from his Frisco home after allegedly failing to pay nearly $15,000 in rent and utilities, according to TMZ.
Gregory rented the 3,500 square-foot 3-bedroom home in Frisco in August 2018. Reports say a letter was sent to the Cowboys player and his attorney on Feb. 5, after he fell behind in payments.
The total amount owed comes to $13,674, but TMZ says that number has now inflated to nearly $15,000.
Gregory played in just two games in 2016 for the Cowboys due to suspensions. He missed all of 2017 after a year-long ban.
Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday that defensive end Randy Gregory is still waiting to hear from the NFL regarding his appeal for reinstatement.
“You know, I know it’s proceeding,” Jones said, per the Star-Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill Jr.
“We don’t have anything to report differently, other than that I know he’s wanting to move forward with the appeal. I don’t really have anything new to report on that front, other than that. I know he’s done the application process, but I’m pretty sure he hasn’t had the actual appeal. It’s in the league’s hands.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported May 16 that Gregory planned to submit his formal application for reinstatement after he was suspended for the entire 2017 season following a third violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Before that, the 2015 second-round pick served four- and 10-game suspensions for his first and second violations, respectively.
According to Rapoport, Gregory filed his application after spending “more than 6 weeks in intensive drug and alcohol rehab in addition to counseling.”
The NFL has 60 days to approve Gregory’s paperwork for reinstatement retroactive to the date it was received.
Dallas Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory missed part of the 2016 season, all of the 2017 season and was finally reinstated last year due to suspensions. Now, it’s being reported that the former Nebraska star has been suspended once more.
This time it’s an indefinite suspension (his fourth suspension total) for violating the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and the terms of his conditional reinstatement, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
Coming out of Nebraska, Gregory certainly had a red flag for this very issue. He had a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine and has tested positive for marijuana multiple times throughout his career.
Last year after being conditionally reinstated, Gregory tallied 25 tackles and six sacks for the Dallas Cowboys, who have stuck with him to this point through thick and thin. It remains to be seen if Jerry Jones will continue to stand behind Gregory after this latest setback.
OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas Cowboys activated defensive end Randy Gregory off the nonfootball injury list after a year away from football on a substance-abuse suspension.
The former Husker picked in the second round of the 2015 draft has played in two of the past 32 regular-season games because of multiple suspensions. Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated him not long before the Cowboys reported to training camp.
Gregory participated in a walkthrough practice for the first time Wednesday. He wasn’t expected to participate in the padded practice in the afternoon. Coach Jason Garrett said Dallas is “still going to be very deliberate with him.”
The 25-year-old was banned for the first four games of 2016 before a 10-game suspension was announced while he served the first penalty. Gregory was suspended indefinitely after getting his first career sack in the final game of the 2016 regular season.
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz is trusting the process.
The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback didn’t participate in 11-on-11 drills for the third straight practice for precautionary reasons after taking part the first three days.
“Just have to listen to what the doctors and coaches are saying. Just trust that plan,” Wentz said Wednesday.
Coach Doug Pederson emphasized that Wentz hasn’t had any setbacks. He said he’s encouraged by Wentz’s recovery from surgery to repair a torn left ACL last December. Wentz again was on the field for the 7-on-7 portion of practice.
Wentz said he feels great physically and understands that the medical staff wants to keep him in a controlled environment. He still hasn’t been cleared for contact. His goal is to be ready for Week 1 when the defending Super Bowl champs host the Falcons on Sept. 6.
LOS ANGELES — The former linebacker known as “Lights Out” will try to punch out an opponent’s lights in a bare-knuckle boxing match.
Shawne Merriman agreed to compete with the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation on a pay-per-view event in Casper, Wyoming, this fall, the promoters announced Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Merriman was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his eight-year NFL career with the Chargers and the Bills.
Merriman retired from the NFL in 2013, and he flirted with the idea of becoming a professional wrestler the next year. He has trained in mixed martial arts during his retirement, even considering a professional bout in Japan.
His once-promising career got derailed by a series of injuries that kept him out of 11 of the Colts’ last 20 games. He finished each of the last two seasons on injured reserve.
Randy Gregory’s week ain’t gettin’ any better … ’cause the Cowboys star is now facing eviction after allegedly failing to pay almost $15,000 in rent and utilities.
26-year-old Gregory had been living in a nice 3-bedroom home in Frisco, Texas since August 2018 — but according to a letter sent to the NFL player and his attorney on Feb. 5, he fell behind in payments to the tune of $13,674.
Sources involved in the situation tell us that number has now inflated to nearly $15,000.
The letter, obtained by TMZ Sports, demands Gregory either pay the money he owes or “vacate the premises within one day.”
According to our sources, Gregory has still not forked over the cash … and he’s still living in the home.
The home is pretty nice — 3,500 square feet, 3.5 bathrooms, with a bar, game room and a nice outdoor BBQ area. It’s also located about 1 mile from the Cowboys practice facility.
We’re told Randy had signed a 1-year rental agreement in August — but stopped paying the $4,500/month rent back in December.
Gregory’s made some money … he signed a 4-year, $3.8 million deal after being drafted by the Cowboys with the 60th pick in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
But, his time in the NFL has been plagued with drama and failed drug tests (reportedly 7 or more) — with the most recent coming to light this week — prompting the league to indefinitely suspend the talented defensive end.
TMZ Sports reached out to Gregory’s rep — Daniel Moskowitz — who declined comment.