Another Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman faces a four-game suspension, this time for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Stop me if you’d heard this one before…a Dallas Cowboys defender faces a suspension for the first four games of the regular season due to drug related issues. Can you guess who it is? No, it’s not Randy Gregory. He’s already suspended for the year. Nope, it’s not DeMarcus Lawrence either. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick? Rolando McClain? Wrong. But a good try.
This go around it’s defensive end David Irving as the never-ending carousel of drug-related suspensions continues to turn in Dallas.
According to Mike Fisher of CBS DFW, the 23-year old Irving is a facing the four-game suspension due to a failed a drug test for supplements, thus violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the player has filed an appeal.
"“I’m told there is an ‘accidental’ nature to Irving’s use here, and it is hoped – by both the Irving camp and by the Cowboys – that could help in the appeal process.” – Mike Fisher via dfw.cbslocal.com"
NFL Network’s Ian Rapport tweeted that the alleged accident involved a supplement that Irving actually had a marketing deal with. And Archer reports that the substance in question is also an over-the-counter product.
So as we await the official announcement of whether Irving will in fact be suspended and for possibly how long, Cowboys fans are left to ponder whether their team will be once again forced to start the season without one of it’s best defensive lineman.
Last season, both Gregory and Lawrence were suspended at the start of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Their delayed start killed any chances for either defensive end to have a major impact on the Cowboys defense in 2016.
Now, what appears to be an accidental violation by Irving could end up costing the Cowboys defense dearly this upcoming season. It’s the kind of mistake America’s Team has had to deal with far too often in recent years. And with Irving only on a one-year deal in Dallas, this accident could have just cost him a lot of money next season.