The Dallas Cowboys will be without defensive tackle David Irving to start the season. Irving was given a four game suspension due to violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, according to reports from Ian Rapaport. The defensive tackle was also given a four game suspension last season for failing the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

In the eight games Irving played in during the 2017 season, he accumulated a total of seven sacks. It was an impressive season for a player who only played eight games, almost averaging one sack per game. However, due to a concussion issue, his season was cut even shorter, missing the final four games. Despite this setback, Irving signed a restricted free agent tender worth $2.91 million in April of 2018.

This isn’t good news for the Cowboys defensive line to open up the season. However, the Cowboys still managed to have the eighth best defense in yards allowed in 2017, without Irving participating in the first four games of the season.

 

 

 

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