The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to sneak into the playoffs with a couple more victories in the final two weeks of the season but it appears that they’ll have to do so without defensive lineman David Irving for the time being.
Irving has missed the last two weeks after suffering a concussion against the Washington Redskins and Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan reported that he’s still “not close” to being cleared from the league’s concussion protocol and allowed to play.
Irving missed the first four games of the season while serving a suspension but returned to record 7 sacks in the 8 games before the concussion. With Irving and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence healthy (Lawrence also missed practice on Thursday with a back injury), the Cowboys field a dynamic pass rush.
However, without one or the other or both, the defense will face some challenges in the next two weeks against the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles. The return of Ezekiel Elliott should help them control the line of scrimmage and time of possession to help mitigate the damage, but the loss of Irving will still sting.
The Cowboys will still hope that he can be ready in time to play against the Eagles in Week 17, but it appears as if he won’t be in action against the Seahawks this week.