Fast Facts: David Irving’s suspension

Promising third year defensive lineman David Irving will reportedly miss the first four games of the season due to a positive PED test.

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Irving’s camp is saying the test was the result of a supplement that he was endorsing, unaware it contained banned substances.

Regardless of the reasons why, here are some Fast Facts related to the David Irving suspension.

  • Since the start of the 2014 season, the Cowboys have lost 88 games on defense due to suspensions.


  • While there has been much discussion about how the Cowboys have been hurt by the league’s marijuana policy, only 18 of the 88 suspended games on defense are due to a positive marijuana test. The other 70 are due to off-field incidents, PEDs, missed tests, or other drugs.


  • On top of their 88 games lost on defense, the Cowboys have lost an additional 12 games to suspension on offense, giving them an even 100 since the beginning of 2014. The Baltimore Ravens are a distant second in games lost to suspension since 2014 with 53.


  • Irving tied with Maliek Collins for No. 2 on the team with 3.0 sacks in the month of December. Benson Mayowa’s 4.0 sacks in December led the Cowboys.


  • With the departures of Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and JJ Wilcox in the secondary, Irving is now tied for the No. 2 spot in passes defended for the Cowboys over the last two seasons with eight. Anthony Brown and Orlando Scandrick also have eight, while Byron Jones leads with 18.

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