David Irving is ready to put on the Cowboys jersey and return to the defensive line. The squad should be thrilled about it because he was one of the most dominant defensive linemen last season. He recorded four sacks, had five tackles for loss, forced four fumbles in 15 games and had 26 quarterback pressures.
NFL suspended Irving for four games because he was using illegal substances, thus violating one of the league’s policies. The entire Dallas team and coaching staff is more than happy to have him back. However, they need to carefully integrate him into the lineup since he hasn’t been around for four weeks.
Coach Jason Garrett said: “The hope is to get him integrated and see how he’s doing. We haven’t seen him in four weeks, but hopefully, he’s in shape and ready to go. We’ll try to integrate him into practice and just see how he is and take it day-by-day.”
Irving has played for the Cowboys in the preseason and had eight tackles and a forced fumble. Hopefully, he is going to continue the good streak. The team hopes that Irving is going to be ready for the duel against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. He did well in his last game versus the team from Green Bay when he sacked Aaron Rodgers once and forced three fumbles.
“Hopefully he’s ready to go and in shape,” Garrett said. “He had a good training camp for us, had a good preseason for us. Hopefully, in this time off, he’s done what he’s supposed to do each day to get himself ready to go.”
Is Irving the piece that is missing for the Cowboys? Can he motivate the defense which needs to be more consistent?