Ex-Cowboys DT David Irving Conditionally Reinstated by NFL

Dallas Cowboys' defensive tackle David Irving. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Defensive tackle David Irving has a clear path to play in the NFL for the first time since 2018. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the league reinstated Irving on a conditional basis, allowing the 27-year-old veteran to sign a contract with any team.

Irving was suspended indefinitely ahead of the 2019 season for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, after which he decided to retire from football.

However, with the new collective bargaining agreement loosening the league’s policies, Irving decided to give football another shot.

Previous reports indicated that David Irving remains a sought-after player among NFL teams, with at least six franchises signaling their interest in his services in recent months. Irving is reportedly working out since summer and would be able to step in immediately for the team that signs him.

Irving entered the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent, signing a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent the early part of his rookie season on the Chiefs’ practice squad before Dallas Cowboys stepped in and gave him a roster spot.

Irving played a total of 37 games (10 starts) with the Cowboys and has totaled 56 tackles, 12.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.