Irving (suspension) said he doesn't want to play in the NFL anymore, ESPN.com reports. "Basically, guys, I quit," Irving said. "I don't want to talk about a suspension and all this other nonsense. I'm outta there."
Irving released a video Thursday on Instagram Live, discussing his frustrations with the NFL's substance abuse policy while he appeared to be smoking marijuana. The Cowboys aren't expected to re-sign the 25-year-old defensive tackle, as he recently was handed his third suspension in the past three years. It now seems Irving will consider retirement, or at least a prolonged break from his football career.
Irving has received an indefinite suspension for violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Irving kicked off the 2017 campaign with a four-game ban for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He proceeded to receive a suspension of similar length to start last season due to a violation of the substance abuse policy. Those transgressions and injuries have limited him to 10 games total the past two years, and he'll now have his work cut out for him to land an NFL gig in the future.
Irving (ankle) continues to be evaluated for a potential suspension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Irving was reportedly facing suspension in January for missing multiple drug tests from the league office, and he was also suspended the first four games of the season for violating the drug policy. The current suspension issue is apparently more complex, as Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports the NFL is investigating domestic issues between Irving and his ex-girlfriend concerning their daughter, which reportedly played a part in the personal issues that caused his lengthy absence from the Cowboys while nursing the ankle injury. Dallas isn't expected to re-sign the 25-year-old as he is set to become a free agent, with the tumultuous 2018 season and the potential of another suspension currently clouding his future.
Irving recorded four tackles and one sack across just two games with the Cowboys in 2018, as his season was derailed by personal issues and a high-ankle sprain. The Cowboys reportedly do not intend to pick up Irving's 2019 option, in which case the defensive tackle will become a free agent in March. It's worth noting there are reports that Irving missed multiple drug tests from the league office in 2018.
Irving (ankle) has missed multiple drug tests from the league office over the last few months, Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram reports.
The defensive lineman missed the first four games of the 2018 season due to his last violation of the league's substance abuse policy, and in the eyes of the NFL a missed test counts as another failed test. Irving has been dealing with a personal situation that has kept him away from the Cowboys' facilities, which likely explains why he wasn't available for testing, but whether the league will take that into consideration before issuing another suspension is unclear. Irving's also been dealing with an ankle injury since Week 7, and while the team avoided putting him on IR in case he was able to make it back for their playoff run, it seems highly unlikely he'll suit up again this year for the Cowboys even if they make it past the Rams on Saturday.
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