It’s only June 15 and the Dallas Cowboys have already suffered their first major loss of the 2018 NFL season. It’s a loss that’ll feel awfully familiar.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving has been suspended four games for violating the league’s substances of abuse policy. So, Irving will miss the Cowboys’ games against the Panthers(away), Giants (home), Seahawks (away), and Lions (home). He’ll be eligible to return in time for their game against the Texans (away) on Oct. 7.
This should sound familiar. Last summer, Irving got suspended four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. So, this will be the second straight season that Irving misses the first four games of the season. It’s a significant loss for the Cowboys, who have been ravaged by suspensions over the past few seasons.
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It continues a tumultuous offseason for Irving. In April, a former girlfriend accused him of domestic violence and later recanted the story. Frisco, Texas, police concluded an investigation and did not press charges, but the NFL is also looking into the allegation.
Irving has also gained custody of his young daughter in the past months.
Irving had what was termed “sporadic” attendance at the Cowboys’ offseason program, from the captains’ workouts before the official program through the organized team activities. He attended the three-day mandatory minicamp that concluded Thursday but did not practice. Instead, he worked off to the side on his conditioning.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Irving will lose out on roughly $685,000 of his $2.91 million salary a year after losing $150,000 due to his previous suspension. Irving, 24, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.