The Cowboys have already ruled Irving out of Saturday's playoff game against the Rams, citing a high-ankle sprain sustained after a Nov. 1 practice. This Saturday marks Irving's 16th missed game of the season, prompting some to wonder if it's more than just an ankle that's keeping him off the field.
According to Mike Fisher of 247Sports, Irving has failed to comply with the NFL's drug policy by missing multiple tests the past two months. There is no evidence that Irving failed a test since serving his four-game suspension to start the season, but "failure to comply" counts the same as a failed test for NFL players; meaning if the Cowboys were to activate Irving, it could prompt league action.
Exclusive: #Cowboys DT David Irving in trouble with the NFL for having missed 'multiple' mandatory drug tests in the last two months, sources tell me. Full story coming to @247Sports pic.twitter.com/PxS5NiENTL— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) January 11, 2019
The 25-year-old defensive lineman has now missed the first quarter of the season in back-to-back years due to suspension.
Sources tell @247Sports Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving has missed multiple mandatory drug tests and has put himself in jeopardy of not only the playoffs, but playing in the NFL anytime soon:https://t.co/RSTfn9sqou pic.twitter.com/xkaLFEa9AV— 247Sports (@247Sports) January 11, 2019