LOS ANGELES — David Irving’s future is unclear, but club officials continue to hold out hope he may be able to return in a limited capacity if the Cowboys are able to get past the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round.
That seems unlikely. Irving last played against Washington on Oct. 21 and has been dealing with a high-ankle sprain since early November. He’s received a second opinion and has been at The Star only sporadically in recent weeks.
Irving has not been as aggressive with his rehab as club officials want. He was put through a workout several days ago to determine if he’d be able to contribute against the Rams but it was clear he wasn’t ready, sources said.
Still, the club is receptive to the defensive tackle’s return later in the playoffs if he gets himself in shape physically and emotionally, a source said. That’s why the Cowboys continue to carry him on the active roster.
Irving was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of the NFL’s drug policy. There were reports Friday that the player has missed multiple mandatory drug tests in recent months. While unable to confirm those reports, a source stressed that no imminent action is pending from the league regarding Irving.
An injured ankle isn’t the only thing that has kept Irving off the practice field. He’s missed practices due to a custody battle involving his daughter and for mandated counseling sessions as it relates to his aftercare program.
Irving has played in just two games this season. He has one sack and has been on the field for 56 snaps.
Staff Writer Jon Machota and Kate Hairopoulus contributed to this report.
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