Team would al­low Irv­ing to re­turn

Source: No league ac­tion pend­ing against DT

The Dallas Morning News - - Cowboys Game Day - By DAVID MOORE Staff Writer [email protected]­las­news.com Staff writ­ers Jon Ma­chota and Kate Hairopoulus con­trib­uted to this re­port. Twit­ter: @ David­mooredmn

LOS ANGELES — David Irv­ing’s fu­ture is un­clear, but club of­fi­cials con­tinue to hold out hope he may be able to re­turn in a limited ca­pac­ity if the Cow­boys are able to get past the Los Angeles Rams in the di­vi­sional round.

That seems un­likely. Irv­ing last played against Washington on Oct. 21 and has been deal­ing with a high-an­kle sprain since early Novem­ber. He’s re­ceived a second opin­ion and has been at The Star only spo­rad­i­cally in re­cent weeks.

Irv­ing has not been as ag­gres­sive with his re­hab as club of­fi­cials want. He was put through a work­out sev­eral days ago to de­ter­mine if he’d be able to con­trib­ute against the Rams, but it was clear he wasn’t ready, sources said.

Still, the club is re­cep­tive to the de­fen­sive tackle’s re­turn later in the play­offs if he gets him­self in shape phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally, a source said. That’s why the Cow­boys con­tinue to carry him on the ac­tive ros­ter.

Irv­ing was suspended for the first four games of the reg­u­lar sea­son for a vi­o­la­tion of the NFL’S drug policy. Reports on Fri­day said he has missed mul­ti­ple manda­tory drug tests in re­cent months. While un­able to con­firm those reports, a source stressed that no im­mi­nent ac­tion is pend­ing from the league re­gard­ing Irv­ing.

An in­jured an­kle isn’t the only thing that has kept Irv­ing off the prac­tice field. He’s missed prac­tices due to a cus­tody bat­tle in­volv­ing his daugh­ter and for man­dated coun­sel­ing ses­sions as part of his af­ter­care program.

Irv­ing has played in just two games this sea­son. He has one sack and has been on the field for 56 snaps.

Richard stay­ing put?: The Mi­ami Dol­phins have re­port­edly ze­roed in on their next head coach, and it’s not Kris Richard.

Richard, the Cow­boys’ de­fen­sive backs coach and de­fen­sive pass­ing game co­or­di­na­tor, in­ter­viewed Sun­day with the Mi­ami Dol­phins, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers as part of their coach searches.

The Jets and Buc­ca­neers have now cho­sen their next head coaches. Ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple reports, Mi­ami is fo­cused on Pa­tri­ots de­fen­sive play-caller Brian Flores for its next head coach.

The Jets hired for­mer Dol­phins head coach Adam Gase, and the Buc­ca­neers hired for­mer Car­di­nals head coach Bruce Ari­ans.

“He’s as good of a foot­ball coach as I’ve been around,” Cow­boys line­backer Sean Lee said of Richard on Thurs­day. “The type of knowl­edge that he has, the mo­ti­va­tor he is. He can teach X’s and O’s; he can teach tech­niques; he re­lates to guys. To me, he’s a per­fect head coach. He’s had a huge im­pact on this group.”

Cow­boys of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Scott Line­han was head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 200608. Line­han said this week that he be­lieves Richard is go­ing to be a “fab­u­lous head coach.”

“Kris is go­ing to be awe­some,” Line­han added. “If some­one is smart enough to hire him as a head coach, he’s go­ing to dom­i­nate.”

Beasley should play: Slot re­ceiver Cole Beasley is ex­pected to try to play through an an­kle in­jury Satur­day de­spite miss­ing prac­tice all week, Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones said dur­ing his ra­dio show on “The Fan” KRLD-FM (105.3) on Fri­day.

The Cow­boys are already miss­ing re­ceiver Allen Hurns, who suf­fered a frac­tured left fibula early in the wild-card round last week against Seat­tle. If Beasley is limited or can’t play, Dal­las could rely even more on Amari Cooper, Tavon Austin and Noah Brown, along with out­side re­ceiver Michael Gallup.

Tight end Blake Jar­win, who has come on of late as a pass­ing tar­get, is also ques­tion­able with an an­kle in­jury.

Beasley, a seven-year vet­eran, had 65 catches for 672 yards — both second most on the team — and three touch­downs in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Beasley sprained his an­kle on the fourth play of the win over Seat­tle on a 14-yard catch and tried to play through it, but he left the field limp­ing mul­ti­ple times. He ended up playing 31 of Dal­las’ 75 of­fen­sive snaps, mak­ing three catches for 28 yards. He has also dealt with a sprained foot this sea­son, the fi­nal sea­son of his con­tract.

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The Cow­boys arere­cep­tive to de­fen­sive tackle David Irv­ing’s re­turn later in the play­offs should they ad­vance if he gets him­self in shape phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally, a source said

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