USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones says that even though the Cowboys had a surprisingly impressive 2016 season, there’s plenty of tough competition in the NFC East that could steal the division title in 2017.
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The Dallas Cowboys will be without one of their best pass rushers to start the 2017 NFL season.
Defensive lineman David Irving was suspended four games Wednesday for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Irving, 23, emerged as one of the Cowboys’ best defensive assets, as three of his four sacks last year came in the final month of the season. He was named NFC defensive player of the week in Week 6 after he sacked Aaron Rodgers once and forced three fumbles in a 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers.
The Cowboys are also without defensive end Randy Gregory, who was suspended in January for at least a year after another violation of the league’s policy on substance abuse.
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