IRVING, Texas – As the Cowboys deal with injuries to two key veteran offensive players, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, they're also looking to get rookie defensive end Randy Gregory back in the coming weeks.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan last Friday that Gregory is making progress in his recovery from the high ankle sprain he suffered in the Sept. 13 opener against the Giants.
"He's probably maybe even a little bit ahead (of schedule)," Jones said. "It's probably unlikely that he makes it before the bye but I think very likely that he makes it after the bye."
The Cowboys' bye is Week 6 (Oct. 18) after their next two games against the Saints (Oct. 4) and Patriots (Oct. 11). Their first game after the bye is Oct. 25 at the Giants.
The initial prognosis for Gregory's injury was tentatively around a month.
The Cowboys are thin at defensive end, but help is on the way with Jeremy Mincey working back from a concussion, Gregory recovering from his ankle injury and Greg Hardy eligible to return from his four-game NFL suspension next week.