Cowboys’ David Irving Suspended By NFL

Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is being suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse, sources tell Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). 

Unfortunately, this isn’t Irving’s first time running afoul of league rules. Last June, he was hit with a four game suspension for a PED violation.

Irving will miss the team’s first four games of the year against the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks, and Lions. He’ll be eligible to return for the club’s Week 5 contest against the Texans.

The Cowboys could be at a serious disadvantage to start the year between Irving’s four-game ban and the foot injury plaguing defensive tackle Maliek Collins. The Cowboys did not draft a defensive tackle this year, so they’ll use some combination of Brian Price, Richard Ash, Jihad Ward, and Datone Jones to fill the void.

The suspension may affect Irving’s bank account on multiple levels. For starters, he’ll lose out on four game checks from his a one-year, $2.9MM restricted tender. The four-game suspension – his second in two years – may also hurt his stock as he approaches unrestricted free agency.

Irving emerged as a playmaker in limited action in 2016 by logging four sacks and four forced fumbles. His 2017 season was cut short due to a concussion and a four-game suspension at the season’s outset, but he still managed seven sacks in eight games. That was good for the second-highest total on the team, trailing only Demarcus Lawrence.

On paper, the Cowboys boast one of the better defensive line units in the NFL, but suspensions and injuries have put everything in flux. The Cowboys are still waiting to hear about the status of former second-round pick Randy Gregory, who formally applied for reinstatement earlier this month.

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    • CursedRangers

      No doubt! Every stinking offseason it is a carousel of Cowboys getting suspended. Zero accountability within the organization. I’ll even go so far as saying Jerry feeds this behavior with his constant praise of the trouble makers. Last year you could make a strong argument that the Cowboys missed the playoffs due to all the suspensions. For this to be happening again is getting old.

  1. RockHard

    I’d imagine Tyrone Crawford will play DT atleast the first 4 weeks now.. Irving is an idiot. Stay away from any long term commitment to this dude..

  2. mazzith

    Wow. This dude is a head case. Multi-Million dollar talent derailed by 10 cent head.

  3. dust44

    Ward and Jones were relatively high picks in the past few years. They should b ok and not complete sives

  4. hughcapet987

    Jones, stop pandering to these lame brained athletes. Trade this virus or just plain release him.

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