That’s because, for the second year in a row, Irving has been suspended for the first four games of the season for a failed drug test. Although in one difference between this year and last, this year he failed for violating the NFL’s “Substances of abuse” policy, whereas last year he tested positive for a performance enhancing substance.
Irving emerged as an important contributor for the Cowboys in 2017, notching 7.0 sacks from the defensive tackle position in just 8 games.
From the Giants’ perspective, they might The news might mean a bit of a respite after facing the fearsome Jacksonville front in week one. The Giants’ offensive line may need time to gel and come together after being (potentially — pending the battle for center) completely rebuilt from a year ago. Irving might have issues getting on the field (playing in 35 of 48 possible games and starting just 10), but he is dangerous once on it.
The Giants’ linemen would certainly say that they would prefer to play the Cowboy’s front at its best, but you can only play who is on the field, and for now that doesn’t include Irving.