Irving (suspension) reported to the Cowboys' team facility Tuesday and took part in strength and conditioning work, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports. Irving is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and won't be eligible to rejoin the Cowboys for practice until Oct. 1, but it's good to see that he's being proactive about staying in shape while he remains unable to play. Once formally reinstated, Irving could have a limited role in the defensive game plan Week 5 against the Texans while he eases back in, but he'll likely see his snap counts increase in the games to follow. The 25-year-old was a dominant pass rusher from the interior during a half season of action in 2017, logging a career-high seven sacks and batting down six passes.
Irving (suspension) is undergoing treatment for substance abuse problems in California, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports. Irving put together a career-high seven-sack campaign in just eight games last year, but the breakout was bookended by a four-game suspension for a violation of the policy on performance-enhancing substances and four more absences as he recovered from a concussion. Subsequently, he re-signed with the Cowboys in April via a second-round tender, only to receive another four-game ban for breaching the substance abuse policy. Irving is expected to remain in California to complete treatment and work out until his current suspension concludes on Oct. 1, according to David Moore of The Dallas Morning News.
Irving (suspension) won't report to the start of training camp and has been excused by the Cowboys, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports. Irving sat out most of the offseason program so he could tend to a family matter, and it's unclear if this is related. Jihad Ward and Brian Price will fill in at defensive tackle while Irving sits out the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. On the bright side, however, a source confirmed to Hairopoulos on Tuesday that Irving will not face any league discipline from a domestic violence allegation, which his ex-girlfriend subsequently recanted. He'll be a tough man to replace on the Dallas line while he's sidelined, with seven sacks in just eight games during the 2017 campaign.
Irving is expected to be at practice Tuesday for the beginning of the Cowboys' mandatory minicamp, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports. The defensive lineman missed voluntary OTAs while he worked on his conditioning. Irving was also investigated for domestic violence in the offseason, but Frisco police closed its inquiry without pressing charges and his former girlfriend recanted, so it's unclear whether he'll face any discipline from the league. Irving has 11.5 sacks, 12 passes defended and five forced fumbles in 35 career NFL games over three seasons, and the 24-year-old has the talent to become a playmaking force for Dallas if he can stay on the field in 2018.
The Cowboys tendered Irving on Wednesday at the second-round level, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports. He'll earn $2.91 million in the 2018 season. The 24-year-old played in only eight games last season, missing the first four with a suspension and the final four with a concussion. In between, Irving was a force along the defensive line, collecting seven sacks and six pass breakups. Irving could receive a contract offer from another club given his upside -- even at the cost of forfeiting a second-round pick -- but the Cowboys would still have the right to match it and keep him in the fold.
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