This is not what the Dallas Cowboys need as they get set for their biggest game of the year against the Los Angeles Rams.
Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving, who has been sidelined since suffering a high-ankle sprain November 1st, is looking to be in a lot of trouble by the league for missing “multiple” drug tests in the last two months, according to 247 Sports.
“But since incurring that injury, Irving has rarely shown up for work here inside The Star — not only missing participation in practices, but also declining to attend practice as an observer, declining to attend meetings or watch film, and declining to accept rehab help with the ankle and encouragement to stay active in the weight room.
“He’s just sort of checked out,” one person close to the situation tells me.
Irving is in the NFL’s substance abuse program; sources tell me that during Cowboys training camp last summer he skipped at least one mandatory test (“failure to comply,” the NFL calls it) and once the 2018 season began, he was hit with a four-game suspension.”
The Cowboys have already ruled him out of Saturday’s playoff game, which will be the 16th game Irving will have missed just this season. His last game came in October showdown with the Washington Redskins where he recorded his one and only sack of the year.
It should be noted that FTC, or Failure to comply, counts the exact same as a failed drug test.
Irving has played in only 10 games over the last two seasons.