Dallas D-Line Up in Smoke: Gregory and Irving Facing Suspensions

Andrew Harbaugh | February 27th, 2019

Yesterday Adam Schefter tweeted out that Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has again failed a drug test and has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

A couple minutes after that tweet Schefter again added more salt to the wound of Cowboys fans when he announced that defensive lineman David Irving was also facing an indefinite suspension from the league due to a failed drug test.

For Gregory, this will be his fourth suspension due to failed drug tests, as for Irving this will be his third.

Gregory was regarded as a top ten pick back in 2015 but after missing 30 games due to suspension in his career. He has sadly fixed himself in as another sad story in the NFL’s history with the likes of Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon.

Irving, while not as highly regarded coming out of college, proved to be a valuable player for the Cowboys and had shown he could play the run well and be a dominant player on a defensive line desperate for help from someone not named Demarcus Lawrence.

Two immediate thoughts to these two suspensions that I have personally.

One, the Cowboys had Lawrence, who is a free agent, as there top offseason priority but after today they cannot afford to not resign him at this point. If he somehow walks, and I don’t think he does, the Cowboys will be more depleted of life on the defensive line than Chernobyl is of life.

Second, the Cowboys traded away their first-round pick for Amari Cooper in season, so that means they have to wait until pick 58 of the draft to attempt to target an edge player or defensive lineman. Players they could target are players like Oshane Ximines from Old Dominion, Jaylon Ferguson from Louisianna Tech, and Dre’Mont Jones. Any of these players would be projects but could develop alongside Lawrence.

This week at the combine and this draft process as a whole just became that much more important to a team who has Zeke Elliott and Dak Prescott who are free agents next year.

Their window is now and it’s just about closed and if they do not address this glaring need then Jerry Jones may want to get back in the oil business.

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