Irving was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
This is a sizable blow to the Cowboys' defensive front, as they are still awaiting the ruling on Randy Gregory's chance at reinstatement after he was suspended for an entire year. It also puts Irving in a difficult spot, as the defensive tackle could be in line for a huge payday with a productive 2018 season. Irving will be eligible to return to the field for Week 5's road matchup with the Texans.
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 their 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.
Irving will not participate during Wednesday's practice as he is trying to get himself in shape, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Irving, who signed his restricted free agent tender with Dallas in April, appeared in just eight games last season. But, he was able to register seven sacks. Once he's back in shape, he should begin practicing with the rest of the team.
Irving signed his restricted free-agent tender with Dallas on Monday.
Irving is fresh off a career year in which he registered seven sacks in just eight games. The 24-year-old should pencil into the Cowboys' starting line. If he's able to string together another strong season, Irving could be in good shape to reel in big money in 2019.
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, but in between he was a force on the defensive line, collecting seven sacks and six passes defended. Irving could well receive a contract offer from another club given his upside, even at the cost of 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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