David Irving has been suspended to start the season for the second time in two seasons. Luckily for the Cowboys, last time, Irving was able to come in and make an impact despite the suspension, and an injury last season. Though Irving only played eight games last season, he had seven sacks, three tackles for loss, 19 QB pressures and six “passes defensed”. This time, Irving will miss four games, again, due to violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
As a result of the suspension, the Irving will forfeit roughly $685,000 in salary. Last year, Irving had forfeited just $150,000. Irving will be able to take part in preseason and training camp activities, however, Irving will not be able to return during the regular season until October 1.
Irving told the media the following: “There’s more to life than just football. I’m actually a real person. I have family issues I’ve been dealing with. I can’t go into much detail. Just know that it’s behind me. Once the season starts, I won’t be dealing with this BS anymore.” Because of said issues, Irving had been “sporadically” attending offseason training activities.
With all of these off-field issues, it’s easy for one to wonder: “Will David Irving be around after this one-year tender he signed is up?”
In looking at the Cowboys DT position, there are two young players that Cowboys coaching personnel could find comfort in playing: Datone Jones and Jihad Ward. Jones has experience playing on the Cowboys defensive line. And, the coaching staff loved his versatility. Ward was closely observed by Rod Marinelli at last year’s Senior Bowl And appears to be just as versatile. Maliek Collins will also miss considerable time with a broken foot. So, with the coaching staff already eyeing these two, rolling the dice on these two young players may be the best idea.