Cowboys may be getting needed help on defense

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FRISCO, Texas – With a struggling defense, the Dallas Cowboys could start to get some help on that side of the ball with the returns of defensive end Randy Gregory, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and cornerback Anthony Brown over the next few weeks.

Gregory is on the commissioner’s exempt list as he works back from a suspension that has kept him off the field since a 2018 playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Wednesday will be his first on-field work with the team. He was conditionally reinstated last month, but he has only been able to take part in meetings and work out.

Mike McCarthy said he is “very anxious,” to see what Gregory, who had six sacks in 2018, can do. A series of violations of the substance abuse policy and injuries led Gregory, a second-round pick in 2015, to miss 56 of a potential 84 regular-season games.

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“Just heard a lot about him from [executives Jerry and Stephen Jones], and so just excited for him for everything he has gone through to get to this point and prepare himself,” McCarthy said. “I think everybody, to a man, is excited to

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