Looming suspensions dogging Dallas D for 2nd straight year

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas cornerback Nolan Carroll faces a two-game suspension over his arrest on a drunken driving charge this week, and defensive end David Irving awaits final word from the NFL on a possible four-game ban for violating the policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Add the likely season-long absence of pass rusher Randy Gregory for multiple substance-abuse violations, and the Cowboys could be opening their second straight season with three potential defensive starters suspended.

Tight end Jason Witten, the leading voice in the locker room as he prepares for his 15th season, isn't trying to deny a disturbing trend. The 10-time Pro Bowler just says there's a delicate balance for teammates.

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