Defensive lineman David Irving was dressed when the Cowboys entered the locker room after a 35-10 victory. His day lasted only five plays and 2:16 as Irving and Browns center Cameron Erving earned ejections for fighting.
“Things got a little out of control, high emotions,” Irving said. “You know, stuff happens playing this game of football. I did something I shouldn’t have done; he did something he shouldn’t have done. We both have to be accountable, and it is what it is.”
On a third-down pass, Irving chased after quarterback Cody Kessler. Kessler cut back to his left, away from Irving, and Erving blindsided Irving. Irving tackled Erving and sat on top of the Browns lineman. Erving then ripped off Irving’s helmet and threw it toward him.
Irving’s ejection turned the Cowboys’ eight-man defensive line rotation into a seven-man rotation after only one series.
“I almost started crying,” Irving said of his ejection. “I was highly upset. I just had high emotions at the time. I wanted to get back out there. In my mind, I wanted to line up against him every single play from that point on. I didn’t want to come out of the game after that. The fact that I got ejected, it sucks. Sitting in the locker room doing nothing while your team is out there contributing to a good victory, it hurts a little bit.”
Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys will address the situation after they watch the film. But Irving faces a fine of $30,387, the league-mandated penalty for a first offense for fighting. Irving makes $30,882 a week.
“I didn’t handle it the right way, and now I have to take the consequences,” Irving said.