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Cowboys DE David Irving Suspended First 4 Games Of 2018 Season

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys received some tough news on Friday afternoon. Defensive lineman David Irving has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 NFL season.

Irving was also suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season - for performance-enhancing drugs. This time, Irving violated the NFL's policy on substances of abuse.

It's a tough blow for the 24-year-old. He'll be eligible to return to the active roster on October 1.

Adam Schefter broke the news.

The former Iowa State star went undrafted in the 2015 NFL draft before getting signed to the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. Dallas signed Irving off the Chiefs practice squad and he has become a primary part of that defensive front.

Despite seeing action in just eight games in 2017, Irving racked up seven sacks.

Ian Rapoport is reporting that Irving's suspension has more to do with his avoidance of drug tests.