OXNARD, Calif. – For the first time in training camp – and nearly 18 months, for that matter – Randy Gregory will take part in practice.
Head coach Jason Garrett confirmed that Gregory will work in the individual period of Saturday's padded practice. The 25-year-old defensive end has been working with the Cowboys' strength and conditioning staff since the NFL reinstated him just before the start of camp.
Gregory began camp on the Active/Non-Football Injury list after serving a suspension since January 2017 for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. The Cowboys activated him from NFI on Aug. 1, allowing him to take part in walkthroughs. He did some conditioning work in pads off to the side during practice last week before the Cowboys traveled to San Francisco for their preseason opener.
The progression will continue this weekend with some individual work.
"That's Step One and then I think it grows from there, see how he does there," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "We're erring on the side of caution right now. So we'll see how he does there and then we might have a chance to spot him in some places.
"I'm excited and he's kind of anxious, too, to get going. But I think we've handled it right."
Garrett said linebacker Sean Lee will likely participate in at least some individual drill work Saturday, too. The Cowboys held Lee out of Thursday's preseason game against the 49ers and have been deliberate with his workload in camp, taking a big-picture view toward the Sept. 9 opener at Carolina.