The Dallas Cowboys have had to do without some big names in the last couple of weeks.
Whilst all the attention has been on the absences of starting quarterback Tony Romo and star wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Cowboys have had an important player missing from their defensive line as well, Randy Gregory.
Gregory has been out ever since the first game of the season and wants to make up for lost time as the Cowboys take on the New York Giants.
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According to a report from Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the rookie defensive end said he is ready to return this week against the Giants, after suffering a high ankle sprain in the season opener.
“Physically, yeah,” Gregory said when asked if he felt 100 percent. “Mentally, I think I’m still trying to get past that point that I can trust it enough to play on it.”
Gregory had a solid preseason, and the second-rounder out of Nebraska was off to what appeared to be a good start before the injury to his ankle kept him out for a prolonged period.
“If I come out a little rusty, that’s kind of expected in some ways,” Gregory said, “but I definitely fully expect to come out there and pick up where I left off.”
The Cowboys also have Greg Hardy back in the team after his suspension finished, and if Dallas can get both him and Gregory on the field together then they have one ferocious pass-rushing unit.
And the Giants might be the first team to face the brunt of it on Sunday.