Suspended David Irving Is Back At Cowboys HQ; Is 'The BS' Behind Him?

Mike Fisher
September 12, 2018 - 2:14 pm
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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - David Irving is back in the building this week, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett confirmed, 105.3 The Fan sources adding that the defensive lineman's efforts while away from the team have focused on mental health (I'm told he's on a regular schedule in therapy) and physical health (I'm told he's spent the last month on a Paleo diet.)

“He worked with our strength coaches in the weight room, (but) did not participate in any meetings or anything like that yet,” Garrett said on Wednesday, reflecting on Irving being at The Star the day before. “We’re just going to try to get him acclimated here day-by-day. That’s really what the plan is, and hopefully, we’ll continue to progress.''

Irving, a star-caliber player when eligible and healthy, remains suspended, so he can’t practice with the team until after the Sept. 30 game against Detroit. There appear to be some gray areas, or some softening of the rules, regarding his level of involvement with his employer while suspended as well.

"There are some rules limitations about what he can do,'' Garrett said, "but as we go, we’ll get him more involved in the meetings, and hopefully he’ll be ready to go once he’s done with the suspension and he’ll be a full-speed player for us.”

Irving missed most of the team’s offseason program and all of training camp while dealing with off-field issues, including a custody battle with his ex-girlfriend, who issued but then recanted claims of domestic violence. The NFL subsequently suspended Irving the for first four games of the season for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy - the second straight season he's started the year with such a ban.

Last offseason, the Cowboys signed Irving to a one-year, $2.91 million tender as a restricted free agent. Given his talent -- in 23 games over the past two seasons, Irving has 11 sacks and five forced fumbles -- that's a bargain. Given his issues? It's unknown what he'll really be able to contribute.

"There's more to my life than just football,'' said Irving back in June, after he showed up to mandatory minicamp but just before the suspension was announced. "I'm actually a real person. I have family issues, a lot of issues I've been dealing with. I can't go into much detail ... just know it's behind me. By the time the season starts I won’t be dealing with any of this BS anymore.”

The season has started. Irving is in the building. Maybe by Week 5, when he's once again eligible to play, at least some the "BS'' will actually be behind him.