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David Irving blocks kick, offers hope of more to come

Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) blocks a field goal by Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4).
Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving (95) blocks a field goal by Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4). Star-Telegram

Roughly one month after joining the Cowboys off the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad, defensive end David Irving nearly made a game-winning play.

He blocked a 47-yard yard field goal by Steven Hauschaka in the fourth quarter to temporarily preserve a 12-10 Cowboys’ lead. Huaschaka later kicked a 24-yard field goal to win the game 13-12.

But Irving, who was signed Sept. 29, made his presence felt.

“I’m glad to contribute in any way,” Irving said. “I’m used to being able to do more on the field and have my way a little bit more, but this is a higher level. I have to raise my standards. For me, any little contribution is awesome. It feels great.”

It’s a feeling Irving is used to, dating to his days at Iowa State, where he blocked three kicks. His wingspan of 87 3/4 inches, the longest in the NFL, and vertical jump of 38 inches could mean more to come in the NFL.

It was Dallas’ first blocked field goal since Orlando Scandrick blocked a field goal at Kansas City in 2013, and the second blocked kick of the season following Danny McCray’s blocked punt at Philadelphia Sept. 20.

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