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Cowboys DL David Irving Gets Four-Game Suspension

It was only a matter of time before the NFL passed sentence on Cowboys . His violation of the league's substance policy was first reported about a month ago and now, per multiple sources, Irving has been suspended for the first four games of the .

The disturbing trend of drug for Dallas defensive linemen continues. also served a four-game ban in 2016. missed all but a couple of games last year with suspensions and is expected to be out all of this next season with another violation.

Like Lawrence and Gregory, David Irving's ban comes just as he was being looked to for help with the Cowboys' weak . Irvin had three , a force fumble, and two pass deflections in Dallas' and 16 games. He enters 2017 with plenty of intrigue and excitement about the kind of impact player he might become.

Four missed games aren't enough to stop Irving from having a breakout season. However, his absence could hurt the Cowboys. They open at home against the rival Giants, then have a two-game road trip in Denver and Arizona. The fourth game is back at home against the Rams.

The Cowboys have other options and their rotation-heavy system helps mitigate losses. However, the Irving we saw late last year would've been useful in any situation. Hopefully he learns from this and debuts in Week 5 ready to make up for his mistake.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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Willie Rogers

This guy deserves a second chance, every human being on earth makes a mistake. Hopefully he’ll learn from it ask God to forgive him & move on.


My understanding from the first news of this was that the suspension was not for “illegal” drugs but NFL banned stuff. Lots of stuff that can get you banned over the counter at GNC. Anybody else heard different?

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