Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving was supposed to return to the team last Sunday after serving a four game suspension to start the season.  He missed the game after a custody battle with his ex-girlfriend, who picked up their daughter from school on Friday.

The Cowboys are expecting him to be ready for this weeks game, although there are no guarantees.

Via Star-Telegram:

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving is expected to return to the team Thursday after missing the last week because of a custody battle that involves his 5-year old daughter Zoe and ex-girlfriend Angela Sanchez, per multiple sources.

But there are no guarantees.

According to sources, Sanchez took the child from school last Friday and has not returned her to Irving, who was given primary custody by a Collin County court in May.

Sanchez was given a temporary restraining order, which allows her to see the child and what she used to gain custody from the school.

The ongoing custody issue with Sanchez, as well as other civil actions, are the main reasons Irving missed practice last Thursday, Friday and the Cowboys’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. It also kept him away Tuesday and Wednesday.

And though he plans to return on Thursday, and hopefully play in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, there are no guarantees as the entire ordeal has taken a toll on him mentally, per sources.

That’s certainly not the start to the season Irving wanted.  Custody battles can certainly take a toll on everyone involved.  Hopefully they get it figured out and do what’s best for the kid.