Irving (concussion) was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Irving entered the league-mandated concussion protocol Wednesday and was unable to practice this week. The Cowboys remain a bit thin at defensive tackle with Maliek Collins questionable while still nursing a foot injury, leaving Richard Ash and Lewis Neal likely to see increased workloads Sunday.
Irving has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol didn't practice Wednesday.
Irving wasn't forced to exit the Cowboys' Week 13 win over the Redskins early due to a head injury, but he evidently exhibited concussion-like symptoms during post-game evaluations. The defensive lineman has recorded seven sacks in eight games since returning from a suspension to begin the season. If Irving is forced to sit out Sunday against the Giants, Richard Ash and Lewis Neal would serve as the primary replacements at defensive tackle, with both amounting to significant downgrades.
Irving had two tackles, one sack and one pass breakup against the Redskins on Thursday.
Irving went three games without a sack before Thursday's matchup, and he now has seven sacks through eight games. The Cowboys were able to get to QB Eli Manning three times in Week 1 without Irving, so it'll be interesting to see what he can bring to the table in Week 14 against the Giants.
Irving recorded three tackles including a sack in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.
He's now collected six sacks in four starts, including at least one in each game, since returning from suspension, giving the Cowboys a second dangerous pass rusher alongside DeMarcus Lawrence. The team is now third in the NFL with 27 sacks on the season, and as long as Irving and Lawrence stay healthy they should remain an elite unit in the second half.
Irving stayed hot since his return from suspension in Sunday's 33-19 victory over the Redskins, as he tallied two sacks to bring his season total to five in just three games.
Irving had four tackles (two solo) total in the contest, as well as one pass defensed for the third consecutive game. The 24-year-old did his damage on just 36 defensive snaps (61.0 percent), and he shows no signs of slowing down at this point.
|15||12/17/17||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|