It doesn’t look like Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is going to be ready to take on the New York Giants. He just cannot shake the concussion that has been plaguing him. While things could change in the next few days, he’s likely out at this point.
“Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said DL David Irving (concussion) won’t practice today,” wrote Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “He hasn’t practiced all week. So don’t look for him to play Sunday at the Giants.”
Irving has 22 tackles and 7 sacks on the season. He was good against the Washington Redskins, with 2 tackles and 1 sack. That helped the Cowboys finally get a win after the skid that started when running back Ezekiel Elliott got suspended.
Irving’s own stats show how Elliott’s suspension perhaps impacted the entire team. He missed the first four weeks of the season with a PED suspension, but stormed out of the gate in Week 5 with two sacks. He added another the following week, then two more against the Redskins the first time around. He got one more against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Elliott’s last game before the suspension.
Then he disappeared. He didn’t record a single sack for three games in a row. He had just two solo tackles and three assisted tackles during that stretch. The Cowboys lost all of those games.
This is just one example, but it perhaps helps to show that those losses weren’t all on Elliott. The entire team regressed for nearly a month, on both sides of the ball. They’re looking to show that the improvement from the Redskins game is for real as they seek to spoil Eli Manning’s return as the starting quarterback of the Giants.