NFL conditionally reinstates former Dallas defender Irving

Ruben Hill
October 18, 2020

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end David Irving has been conditionally reinstated by the National Football League, a source told ESPN's Field Yates on Friday. The oft-banned defensive lineman may well have the opportunity to redeem himself under a collective bargaining agreement more lenient (at least, suspension-wise) regarding substance abuse.

He's apparently done so, and is now available to join a team as a free agent. However, how much leeway Irving gets could depend on the conditions of his reinstatement.

Irving was suspended indefinitely in March 2019 for a second violation of the League's Substance Abuse Policy and a third drug violation.

Given what Irving has said about former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett since retiring, it's hard to see the New York Giants - where Garrett is now offensive coordinator - as a possibility either. It has been a long time since he last played, though.

His first career suspension was for violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

The 27-year-old Irving announced in March 2019 that he was quitting football. Rekindling that relationship could help spark the Raiders pass rush. His best showing came in 2017, when he had seven sacks in eight games. The Cowboys used him as a starter throughout his abbreviated '17 season but did not plan to re-sign him after his contract expired following the '18 campaign. Emailed daily. Always free!

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