The NFL has ruled on David Irving’s appeal of a suspension for an over-the-counter supplement, and the news is not good. Irving will be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. He will miss games against the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams. Irving will be able to return for the Week 5 game against the Green Bay Packers.
Irving joins the list of Cowboys defensive ends who have ended up on the wrong side of NFL league office justice. Randy Gregory has previously been suspended and will be suspended for basically the entire 2017 season. DeMarcus Lawrence also missed four games to start the season last year.
Irving is a player with enormous potential, he has increased his presence on the field each year, and there were games last year when he looked like a superstar. The Cowboys hope that he can consistently produce big numbers, instead of just occasionally. That will be put on hold when Irving serves his suspension.
The good news is that he will be able to participate in all of training camp/preseason so hopefully he will be sharp and ready to go once he can rejoin the roster on October 2nd. In the meantime, someone will be given a chance along the defensive line for the first four games.