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Raiders release defensive tackle David Irving

Busy defensive front gets a bit less crowded

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David Irving
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The David Irving experiment is over for the Las Vegas Raiders. The team announced on Friday that they have released the defensive tackle.

The move is a bit surprising. I didn’t peg Irving as a sure thing to make the 53-man roster, but I thought he’d make it to the final cut, at least. The Raiders are deep at defensive end after adding several pass rushers this offseason.

The Raiders re-signed Irving in February. He had workouts with the Indianapolis Colts and the Detroit Lions before coming back to the Raiders.

Irving, 27, resumed his career when he was signed to the practice squad during the season. He was promoted for two games and played 40 defensive snaps without providing much spark.

Irving (6’7, 285 pounds) reunited with former Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line coach Rod Marinelli with the Raiders. Before that, Irving had dealt with multiple NFL suspensions for league’s policy on substances of abuse and didn’t play for two years between his Dallas and Las Vegas stints.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal that indicated the Raiders felt it was time to move on now and reported he wasn’t attending voluntary OTAs.