The Dallas Cowboys will look to move to 7-6 on Sunday against the New York Giants to remain in playoff contention, but they’ll have to get by their division rivals on the road without defensive lineman David Irving.
Irving was believed to have a good chance to play on Sunday after suffering a concussion against the Washington Redskins in Week 13 because the game was on Thursday night, giving him 10 days to recover. However, Irving still hasn’t cleared protocol and Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reported that he won’t be traveling with the team to New York.
That means that Irving won’t be in the lineup against the 2-10 Giants, dealing a major blow to the Cowboys pass rush. DeMarcus Lawrence and company should still be able to apply pressure against a porous New York offensive line, but things will undoubtedly be more difficult for Dallas without Irving.
The Iowa State product has 7 sacks in the 8 games he’s played since returning from a four-game suspension earlier in the season and teamed with Lawrence, the NFL’s sack leader, they’ve been a formidable duo. However, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will have to find ways to scheme pressures without Irving on Sunday thanks to this concussion.