Suspended Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, the next step in his bid for reinstatement, a source close to the situation confirmed.
Gregory, the Cowboys' second-round pick from 2015, has not played since the final regular season game in 2016. Repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy led to his suspension in 2017.
But after months rehabbing and working in California, Gregory and his team have submitted their application to the league.
On Tuesday, they pled their case at NFL headquarters in New York.
Gregory's team expedited the meeting timeline before many league officials leave on summer vacation.
Gregory's attorney Daniel Moskowitz traveled to New York for the meeting with Gregory after spearheading the application process. He declined to comment.
The commissioner rarely meets directly with players seeking reinstatement. So Goodell listening himself to the presentation from Gregory's team and NFLPA representation gave the source hope.
Now, they wait.