NFL makes David Irving’s suspension official

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In May, there was a report that the Cowboys will be without defensive end David Irving for the first four games of the regular season because of a suspension but there was no official word from the team about the ban.

That word came on Wednesday. The league has announced that Irving has been suspended for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Irving will be eligible to return to the team after they play the Rams on October 1. He can participate in practices and preseason games before his suspension starts during the week leading up to their season opener.

Irving had four sacks and four forced fumbles while coming off the bench in 13 of his 15 appearances for the team last season. The Cowboys will roll with DeMarcus Lawrence, Charles Tapper, Tyrone Crawford and first-round pick Taco Charlton at end until Irving is eligible to return to the team.

6 responses to “NFL makes David Irving’s suspension official

  1. Great. This will give him plenty of extra time to post videos and pictures on Instagram….so frustrating.

  2. Since bio-passporting started in 2015 you’d think players would be smart enough to avoid PEDs? Nope. Number of players caught:

    2014 = 6
    2015 = 10
    2016 = 19
    2017, so far = 8 (one more than by this time last year).

    I’m not sure if the increasing numbers caught each year is down to more takers or the tests getting better or more extensive (eg, HGH testing was added in 2015 too). I’d like to see more detailed stats/analysis of totals, spreads and rates but haven’t seen any (maybe the league keeps that confidential).

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