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Drafted in the fourth round last spring, Tapper was limited throughout training camp and during the early going of the season by a stress fracture in his back, commonly referred to as a Pars Defect. He tried to return to practice in September, but was sent to the injured reserve after a setback.
Combine his back injury with the fact that he has yet to play a down in the NFL, and it’s understandable if Charles Tapper was an afterthought during the run to the Cowboys’ NFC East title.
The Cowboys have moved closer to signing their entire 2016 draft class, reaching deals on Tuesday with fourth-round picks Charles Tapper and Dak Prescott.
Tapper, the 101st overall pick, will compete for playing time as an edge rusher in the Cowboys’ defensive line rotation. The three-year college starter produced seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss as a senior at Oklahoma.
From the sounds of it, though, the Cowboys do expect Tapper to get those reps in 2017. Talking at Senior Bowl practices on Tuesday, Jones said the injury isn’t a long-term concern, and the young defensive end should be able to contribute going forward.
“That’s exactly right, other than the fact that there was a situation,” he said. “But I don’t know that I’m concerned about that as much as I am about him getting his work in and becoming a better football player during the offseason.”
Suspended defensive end Randy Gregory is nearing the end of his suspension, but his return to the practice field will have to wait.
While there have been both reports and expectations from the discount cowboys jerseys that Gregory could be able to practice this week, the NFL has announced he will not be eligible to practice with the team until his suspension has been completed.
Less than a week after recording his first career sack, the NFL has now sacked Randy Gregory for a full year.
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The league has officially given defensive end Randy Gregory a one-year suspension for this third violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Gregory served a combined 14 games for two separate suspensions this season, but returned to play the final two regular season games.
However, he won’t be able to play in the playoffs after this latest news from the NFL office on Thursday.
From the sounds of it, the Cowboys expect to know Randy Gregory’s status before they take their first snaps in the playoffs.
Gregory recorded his first sack as a professional in Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia. But pending an appeal with the NFL, it remains to be seen if the second-year defensive end will be available for the Cowboys’ playoff run.
Randy Gregory has in fact withdrawn the appeal of an impending suspension, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones confirmed Tuesday morning.
Asked about it during his weekly interview with 105.3 The Fan, however, Jones said it wasn’t Gregory or the Cowboys organization who decided not to pursue the appeal any further.
Multiple reports surfaced on Monday evening that Gregory had withdrawn his appeal. Though the official suspension has yet to be disclosed, those reports indicate that it’s likely to be a separate, 10-game suspension in addition to the four-game suspension. If that’s the case, Gregory wouldn’t be able to practice with the team until Dec. 19 – the day after the Week 15 game against Tampa Bay.