Irvin recorded one sack in Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Chargers.
Irvin has now recorded a sack in consecutive games, bringing his season total to three. He's failed to account for more than one tackle in all five of the Raiders' 2018 contests, however, as Frostee Rucker and Arden Key vulture a significant amount of snaps at defensive end.
Irvin (personal) returned to the team Monday following an excused absence, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Irvin's absence is not at all related to any injury concerns. Oakland's versatile pass rusher figures to be fine for the season opener with the personal matter no longer a cause for absence.
Irvin has spent much of his career in a hybrid end/linebacker role that allows him to rush the quarterback on most passing downs but also calls for some snaps in coverage. It helps explain why he's landed between 5.5 and 8.0 sacks in five of his six NFL seasons, as he typically doesn't get as many opportunities as other top pass rushers. Irvin is pleased with the new defensive scheme, perhaps eyeing the first double-digit sack season of his career. He did find ways to make up for the modest sack totals his first two seasons in Oakland, piling up 115 tackles and 10 forced fumbles in 32 games.
Irvin finished his 2017 campaign with 58 tackles, eight sacks, three passes defensed and four forced fumbles in 16 games.
Irvin, who turned 30 years old in November, has notched an impressive 10 total forced fumbles in two seasons with the Raiders. His eight sacks in 2017 were the most in a season for Irvin since his rookie campaign with Seattle in 2012. The outside linebacker has two years remaining on his contract with the Raiders, and the team plans to have one of its leading edge rushers back in 2018.
Irvin logged three tackles (two solo) -- including two for a loss -- and broke up a pass in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles.
Irvin has failed to reach the quarterback in back-to-back contests following a three-game stretch in which he racked up five sacks. He'll look to get back on track in Week 17 against a Chargers offense that has scored less than 15 points in consecutive games.
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/1/18||@ SF||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|