David Irving suspended indefinitely
Just two days after the suspension of Randy Gregory, another Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman followed the same path: David Irving.
David Irving of the Dallas Cowboys has been suspended indefinitely for violating the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 1, 2019
This is not Irving’s first encounter with NFL punishment. This will be the third season in which Irving, currently an impending free agent, will face a suspension.
Gregory worked his way back into the NFL. He continued to seek help for his substance abuse incidents. Irving now faces a new period of uncertainty in his bumpy and tumultuous career.
David Irving played in only two games for the Cowboys last season with only one sack. He suffered a high ankle sprain in November that forced him to miss the rest of the 2019 season.
The reason Irving was brought back last season on a one-year, $2.9 million contract was his breakout seven-sack performance in 2017. In his four-year NFL career (37 games), Irving has posted 56 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and 12 passes defensed.
Irving will turn 26 in August. His size (6-7, 290 pounds) makes him an intriguing player. Although he has a lot of potential, his repeated violations could cost him his NFL career.
As Gregory is doing, Irving will need to reach out to fix his personal problems. He’s young and can still make a comeback in his career if he takes the necessary steps to gain help. For now, his future in the NFL is uncertain due to the indefinite suspension.
The Cowboys will let Irving walk to become a free agent on March 13. The team does not plan to re-sign him.