Gregory played in 12 games for Dallas last season, finishing the year with just 11 tackles and no sacks. He might have been in line for more playing time this season, or maybe even a starting role, but the suspension certainly doesn’t help and could put his NFL career in jeopardy.
My understanding of Randy Gregory’s coming suspension is its for 10 games, at least. There is concern on #Cowboys that he may not play again
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2016
The Cowboys will also be without defensive Authentic Jarran Reed Jersey end Demarcus Lawrence for the first four games of the season, and linebacker Rolando McClain will miss the first 10 games. Gregory, Lawrence and McClain are all suspended for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Allen became a footnote in one of the more memorable games of that season, one that ended a two-year winning streak for Florida State and sent Oregon to Authentic Jeremy Lane Jersey a National Championship it would lose to Ohio State. He had torn his right ACL, and his season was over. He returned nine months later, but his numbers fell off from 2014.
“Obviously, it’s a little frustrating as an athlete to be injured,” Allen said in an interview with SB Nation. “But I knew that eventually I would be okay. It just took time and a lot of extra stuff, a lot of extra work that I probably wouldn’t have done if I wasn’t hurt.”
Allen worked toward more than playing more football for the Ducks.
He’s also an Oregon track runner. He was 2014’s national champion in the 110-meter hurdles sprint. In early July, Allen won the U.S. Olympic Trial in the same race, winning a chance to represent America in Rio de Janeiro in August.
And he has even more goals.
“Making the National Championship — unfortunately I didn’t get to play, because I was injured — and then winning a national championship in track and field and making the Olympics in track and field, and hopefully in the future playing in the Super Bowl in the NFL, I think it’s just something that are really lofty goals,” Allen said. “But the way things are going now, I think that’s totally attainable.”
But he doesn’t compete in the 110-meter hurdle until Aug. 15, and if he qualifies out of a heat that night, he’ll run for a medal on the 16th.
That leaves Allen 10 days in Rio to relax and be something approximating a 21-year-old kid, taking in the Olympics with his family.
“Just enjoy myself and be kind of like a tourist,” he said. “But I don’t wanna be too touristy, because that’d take a lot of energy. But yeah, just check it out.”
Allen talks about his Olympic run calmly. His voice doesn’t convey an ounce of nervousness. He’s looking forward to watching swimming, diving, soccer and basketball and strolling around the Olympic village.