Re­port: Gre­gory fac­ing 1-year ban

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

Cow­boys de­fen­sive end Randy Gre­gory may face a year-long ban af­ter fail­ing an­other drug test, NFL Net­work re­ported Fri­day.

Gre­gory served a fourgame sus­pen­sion at the start of the sea­son for his first sub­stance abuse vi­o­la­tion. He is cur­rently serv­ing a 10-game sus­pen­sion for his sec­ond vi­o­la­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the league’s drug pol­icy, Gre­gory’s next sus­pen­sion would be for a full year.

How­ever, the NFL said in a state­ment it “has not been no­ti­fied of any new vi­o­la­tions.”

Gre­gory was orig­i­nally el­i­gi­ble to come back next month. Matthews out again: The Pack­ers an­nounced line­backer Clay Matthews will miss Sun­day’s against the Ti­tans be­cause of a lin­ger­ing ham­string in­jury.

Matthews will be side­lined for the third straight game, and a fourth over­all this sea­son.

Coach Mike McCarthy said re­ceiver Ran­dall Cobb will not be limited Sun­day. Cobb hurt his ham­string last month and the Pack­ers were cau­tious with how they used him in last week’s loss to the Colts. Stolen ‘Magic’: Sea­hawks line­backer Cas­sius Marsh is plead­ing for the per­son who stole his valu­able col­lec­tion of “Magic: The Gath­er­ing” cards to re­turn it.

Marsh told The Seat­tle Times the col­lec­tion is val­ued at $20,000 to $25,000. He said he was at a night­club in down­town Seat­tle on Tues­day night when some­one smashed his car win­dow and stole two back­packs con­tain­ing his card col­lec­tion and team-is­sued iPad.

Marsh, who said play­ing the pop­u­lar fantasy trading card game helps him re­lax, has of­fered a pair of free tick­ets to the team’s next home game to any­one who re­turns the cards.

Game maker Wiz­ards of the Coast sent Marsh a care pack­age of cards in the mean­time. Houston must wait: Chiefs line­backer Justin Houston will have to wait at least an­other week be­fore mak­ing his sea­son de­but af­ter the star pass rusher was ruled out for Sun­day’s game against the Pan­thers.

Houston had surgery to re­pair his left ACL in Fe­bru­ary and was re­moved from the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list this week. Coach Andy Reid de­cided to give him at least an­other week of prac­tice to get ready for game ac­tion.

Houston was hope­ful that he would be al­lowed to play against the Pan­thers, even say­ing Thurs­day that he was ready to “dom­i­nate.” But the Chiefs would rather have him healthy for the stretch run and po­ten­tial play­off games rather than rush­ing him back onto the field, Reid said.

Wide re­ceiver Jeremy Ma­clin and de­fen­sive line­man Jaye Howard also were ruled out. Ex­tra points: Cow­boys vet­eran QB Tony Romo was listed as ques­tion­able for the team’s game Sun­day against the Steel­ers. Coach Ja­son Gar­rett said the team has not made a de­ci­sion on what Romo’s role would be if he is ac­tive for the game. … The league de­ter­mined Giants OT Ereck Flow­ers did not vi­o­late the per­sonal con­duct pol­icy when he shoved a re­porter last month af­ter the team’s loss to the Pack­ers, ESPN re­ported.

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