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Randy Gregory reacts to conditional NFL reinstatement

Randy Gregory on Tuesday received the conditional NFL reinstatement following months of tireless efforts to prove to the league his problems are behind him.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive end has been on an 18-month journey where he could not play, visit the team’s facilities of communicate with coaches and staff. His banishment stemmed from repeated violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Gregory has clearly put in the necessary work to prove to the NFL he merited reinstatement. And now that it has occurred, the 25-year-old is eager to put his troubles in the past. An ecstatic Gregory addressed his reinstatement during a phone call Tuesday with The Dallas Morning News.

“It’s a lot more to the story than it seems,” Gregory said. “It took me a lot to get to this point. Now I’m ready to make some plays.”

Gregory did his part by working on recovery as attorney Daniel Moskowitz prepared a 2,000-plus-page application for reinstatement that was submitted to league offices in May.

“I’m very excited for the public and media to get to know the real Randy Gregory,” Moskowitz said by phone Tuesday afternoon. “To get to know his story, which is nothing short of remarkable.”

Gregory had a wellspring of support beyond his attorney’s efforts, including several of his teammates going to bat for him.

Gregory will be in Stage 3 of the league substance abuse program for the next two years. The Cowboys defensive end will be closely monitored by the league to make sure there are not any slip-ups. The program includes a rigorous battery of unannounced drug tests. Any missed or failed test likely would end Gregory’s NFL career.

Gregory, instead of focusing on such things, is opting to dedicate himself to reclaiming his career.

“I don’t have any crazy expectations,” Gregory said. “Try to be the best professional I can on and off the field.

“I think I’ve shown that off the field these last months. Now I’ll prove it on the field.”

Gregory will officially rejoin the Cowboys when training camp opens next week.