One way or the other, the Dallas Cowboys preferred to glean the fate of their two indefinitely suspended pass-rushers, Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory, ahead of next week’s NFL draft.
What they got instead was the status quo — to be determined.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported Wednesday that league commissioner Roger Goodell will not decide whether to reinstate Smith and/or Gregory until after the offseason spectacle, directly impacting the team’s immediate roster plans, including who they might select with the No. 17 overall pick.
In a radio interview Friday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged the frustratingly dragged-out process, conceding the ball ultimately is in Goodell’s court.
“You certainly want to give them every opportunity to have success with their battles off the field and that they ultimately get to a good spot when they’re ready to take the next step and play football again,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “Certainly, our league, with the infrastructure they have in place, will certainly evaluate that and let us know where they stand at some point in time. We understand that it’s not the Cowboys timing, it’s when the NFL office and their resources that they have after they finish evaluating these gentlemen and the work that they’ve put in to get better off the field, that they’ll certainly let them know as well as us know if and when they’re going to be reinstated.”