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Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Randy Gregory is preparing to apply for reinstatement to the NFL and Jones is hopeful the defensive end can return to the field in 2018.

“I’m not confident but I do see where his heart is,” Jones said. “He’s one of the smartest people that have played this game. By documentation he is. So he’s smart. That’s a tremendous step. Of course he’s had that same IQ since he’s had these issues. That’s the issues. This is definitely a medical issue. There’s no doubt in my mind (it’s) medical. That’s another campaign right there.”

Jones has said he believes the NFL needs to adjust its substance-abuse policy when it comes to marijuana. Gregory has had multiple violations of the policy for failed tests and missed tests that caused his season-long suspension in 2017. He played in only two games in 2016 and has not been around the Cowboys’ facility since the end of the 2016 season.

“He’s one of the smartest people that have played this game. By documentation he is. … Of course he’s had that same IQ since he’s had these issues. … This is definitely a medical issue. There’s no doubt in my mind (it’s) medical. That’s another campaign right there.””

–Jerry Jones on Randy Gregory

He is eligible to apply for reinstatement and has been meeting what Jones called “subjective,” and “factual” standards in the process. Jones said a lot of the process is confidential and did not go into the part the team plays in Gregory’s reinstatement.

“My point is he’s doing very well and he’s got a lot to play for,” Jones said. “He’s got a new baby. He’s got a lot going for him. He’s very astute about knowing that he’s just got to hopefully do what every one of us has to do: is do better when you’re 24 and 25 than you did when you were 20.”

The Cowboys selected Gregory in the second round of the 2015 draft, No. 60 overall. Jones said Gregory would have been a top-five pick without the off-field issues coming out of Nebraska. A foot injury limited Gregory to 12 games as a rookie and he did not record a sack. A suspension kept him out of the first 14 games in 2016 but he had a sack in one of his two games.

The team was aware of Gregory’s issues before selecting him and hoped it could structure a program around him to help keep him on the field. Despite the suspensions that have caused him to miss 30 of the past 32 games, Jones remains in Gregory’s corner.

“He’s really a good person,” Jones said. “That goes a long way … He’s smart. That’s redeeming. In other words is there a chance that he could get this figured out and be accountable and responsible? There is. Oh, there’s one other little thing: he’s one helluva football player, OK?”

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Add saving lives to the list of talents for Carolina Panthers multifaceted running back Christian McCaffrey.

The eighth pick of the 2017 draft was hiking with family and friends in Castle Rock, Colorado, on Saturday when they witnessed 72-year-old Dan Smoker Sr., who was hiking with his grandson Eli, fall about 20 feet onto a rock.

McCaffrey immediately called 911 and then rushed with others in his group to help Smoker, who at the hospital was determined to have suffered a broken femur, pelvis and neck, fractured ribs and internal bleeding on the brain.

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey was hiking with his brothers and friends in Castle Rock, Colorado, when they walked up on a man fall 20 feet as it occurred.

“I credit them with saving my dad’s life,” Smoker’s son, Dan Smoker, told Panthers.com on Tuesday.

McCaffrey was hiking with his brothers, Dylan and Max, and friends Michael Mann and Brooke Pettet when they walked up on the fall as it occurred.

“It felt like he was in the air for 10 seconds,” McCaffrey told the team website. “I had never seen anything quite like that in my life as far as the trauma and the sound. We were in shock.”

But not so much that they didn’t respond quickly. A fellow onlooker identified as Chris held Smoker’s head to keep him still. Mann performed chest compressions when Smoker stopped breathing.

“Everybody stepped up,” McCaffrey said. “I called 911, and it felt like an eternity. It felt like we were up there waiting for four hours. But I looked back at my call log and it took 11 minutes before the paramedics came. Amazing what those guys did.”

That McCaffrey & Co. were at Castle Rock was random. They were on the way to lunch when a member of the group suggested they go hike.

The next day McCaffrey, along with his mom, Lisa, and brothers went to the hospital to check on Smoker, who remains in critical but stable condition.

When they introduced themselves, Eli and his dad hadn’t figured out that McCaffrey was the star football player for the Panthers and the son of former Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey.

“I can’t say I’d recognize Christian without his football gear on,” Dan Smoker told the website. “Around here, Valor Christian is a popular high school, and I knew that Ed McCaffrey had just taken over as head coach there. We were talking and they had mentioned that they went to Valor, and we were looking there because our son loves football as well.

“At that point, Lisa chimed in and said, ‘Well, we may have a contact.'”

McCaffrey, who led the Panthers with 80 catches this past season, has kept in touch with the Smokers since via text.

“Eli was such a trooper, man,” McCaffrey said. “I was traumatized, and I had no relation.”

Now they’re bonded by a moment none will forget.

“Truly a blessing that we turned the corner at that exact moment and we could be there for him,” McCaffrey said. “I don’t know what would have happened … We were lucky to be at the right place at the right time.”