via The Sports Xchange
Dallas Cowboys defensive end David Irving has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL’s policy on the use of performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced Wednesday.
Irving is able to participate in all offseason and preseason practices, but won’t be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ roster until Oct. 2.
The 23-year-old is the second member of Dallas’ defensive line to be suspended by the league this year. Defensive end Randy Gregory will miss the entire regular season for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league announced in January.
Irving recorded three of his four sacks during the final month of the 2016 season. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 6 after registering one sack and three forced fumbles in the Cowboys’ 30-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Irving collected 17 tackles and four forced fumbles in 15 games last season.