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David Irving suspended four games again for violating substance abuse policy

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

The Dallas Cowboys will be without a key piece to their defensive line to start the season this fall for the second straight year.

Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving has been suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and will miss the first four games of the season. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.


Irving is eligible to participate in all offseason practices and preseason games for the Cowboys. He will miss Dallas’ first four games against the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions before he can return on Oct. 1 ahead of Dallas’ game against the Houston Texans.

The 24-year-old has already had a rocky offseason. He returned to the team this week for mandatory minicamp after dealing with domestic violence allegations, which have since been recanted and the investigation was closed. 

The former Iowa State lineman is entering his fourth year in the NFL, and recorded just seven tackles in his eight games last season. He missed the final four game while dealing with a concussion.

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