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Dallas Cowboys: Team remaining patient David Irving’s absence

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving remains absent from the team dealing with a personal family issue, per coach Jason Garrett.

Irving, who missed the first four games of the season under NFL suspension, officially returned last Tuesday meeting. He practiced Wednesday but missed Thursday and Friday for personal reasons and didn’t make the trip for the team’s 19-16 overtime loss at the Houston Texans.

He was expected back for meetings on Tuesday after Monday’s day off.

But didn’t return Tuesday and was also absent Wednesday because of the ongoing family issue.

Garrett said it’s his understanding that Irving will return on Thursday and practice the rest of the week so he can be ready for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Garrett said the Cowboys are remaining patient and supportive of Irving as he handles some challenges in his personal life.

The Cowboys have been patient for a while.

Irving has had just one practice since last November as he missed the final four games of 2017 because of a concussion.

He then missed the entire offseason program and OTAs because of family issues and drama after gaining sole custody of his daughter.

He returned for minicamp to avoid being fined but was subsequently suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Irving was then excused from training camp to go through substance abuse counseling as well as handle some off the field issues.

He returned to the Cowboys in September where he resumed his strength and conditioning so he would be ready to play when the suspension was completed.

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That was last week and Cowboys still don’t know when he will practice or play, though they are hopeful the latter is Sunday.

Clarence E. Hill Jr. :@clarencehilljr

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