Team would allow Irving to return
Source: No league action pending against DT
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.
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