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What did Jason Garrett say about absent DT David Irving’s availability for Sunday?

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving expects to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving expects to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Special to the Star-Telegram

Defensive tackle David Irving is expected to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday after Monday day off.

Irving did not make the trip to Houston for Sunday’s 19-16 overtime loss against the Texans because of ongoing personal issues and concerns about his conditioning, per a source.

Irving has had just one practice since last November. He missed the final four games of 2017 with a concussion. He missed all of the offseason program, OTAs, minicamp and training camp dealing with personal issues. He missed the first four games of the season under NFL suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

He returned last Tuesday and practiced on Wednesday before missing Thursday and Friday with personal family issues.

Coach Jason Garrett said it was in everyone’s best interest for Irving to stay at home and not travel to Houston.

“He practiced on Wednesday last week and did a good job,” Garrett said. “ It wasn’t a full practice, but he did a good job handling the work. And then he had a family situation he was working through towards the end of the week and he wasn’t available to us on Thursday or Friday. We were trying to get that resolved. Ultimately, we looked at each other late Friday and Saturday and said this guy, he’s practiced once in 10 months. It wouldn’t be fair to him and it wouldn’t be fair to the team to put him out there in the ballgame. Hopefully, he has that family situation resolved, again, a full week of practice and give him a chance to play in the ballgame this week.”

Garrett has not talked to Irving personally but he expects his personal situation to be resolved for him to return to the team for meetings Tuesday and be ready to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

But last week was about game readiness after the personal stuff kept him out of practice.

“It just made sense,” Garrett said. “Again, he’s a good football player, and he did well in practice on Wednesday. But to not play football since last November and go out there for a dozen or snaps in practice and say you’re ready to play in an NFL game, it just didn’t make sense to do that. So, hopefully, he feels good about the work he did get in last week and he can get in a full week of practice in. We’ll make a decision about the game on Sunday.”

Clarence E. Hill Jr. :@clarencehilljr

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