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Defensive Tackle David Irving Returns to Dallas Cowboys

The lasting image from the week four win may be 's game-winning field goal, and the drive and orchestrated to get within range, but once again the Cowboys was stout in limiting the Lions . The Cowboys did struggle in the more than at any point this season, which makes their newest addition to the all the more important. has returned to the team off his four game .

This is the second straight season that Irving has served an initial four game suspension. Last year, he was able to reward the Cowboys faith in him by recording seven in eight games. Irving finished second to in sacks.

With and as the primary defensive tackles lined up with Lawrence at left this season, Lawrence has built a 5.5 sack lead over Irving – putting Matt Stafford on the turf three times on Sunday.

All reports are that Irving has been diligent in handling the off-field situations that have kept him off the field at inopportune times, prepared to again take his starting role in 's defense seriously.

Irving admitted on this that it was a failed drug test for that's kept him suspended for Cowboys contests against the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks, and Lions.

It's Irving's serious combination of size, length, and raw talent that's lengthened his leash for discipline in Dallas. With the depth to gradually work him into their pass rush rotation, Irving will help everyone around him in the front seven by occupying blocks and pressuring quarterbacks in their face.

Tyrone Crawford, Daniel Ross, and Caraun Reed can expect to be the players that keep Irving fresh, while also looking at a drop in playing time should Irving return to his usual form.

Irving can practice with the team this week without the Cowboys having to cut a player. Before their game in Houston on Sunday night – where Irving can be reintroduced to the league against a team that's allowed 17 sacks, second only to the Bills – the Cowboys will have to make a roster move though.

Still carrying seven , with expected to contribute soon, speculation that ' time with the Cowboys may be coming to an end has been hard to avoid. Williams was a healthy inactive against the Lions, although Butler also did not play.

Strengthening their defense by moving on from one of the only proven commodities on offense may not be the direction the Cowboys brass agrees to go in. What has already been negotiated is that David Irving can help this team, and will as soon as Sunday night, as waits for the corresponding roster cut.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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