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David Irving Suspended 4 Games For Violating NFL's Substance Abuse Policy

June 15, 2018 - 2:43 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving will be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. 

This is the second straight season in which Irving was suspended for the first four games. Irving was suspended last season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. 

Irving will be eligible to return to the Cowboys active roster on Monday, October 1 against the Houston Texans. He will be allowed to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. 

Irving returned for mandatory minicamp this week after missing voluntary OTAs for what 105.3 The Fan's Miker Fisher termed "emotional turmoil'' stemming from apparently false domestic violence accusations made by his girlfriend, their ensuing breakup, and Irving's successful custody battle involving his young daughter.

People close to Irving, inside and outside the building, believe -- and hope -- that his issues are cleared up in time for training camp in Oxnard, which begins July 24.

He'll just have to wait a little bit longer now to appear in an actual game.