After about four and a half months, Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin is eligible to return to the Seahawks.
Irvin, in his second-year out of West Virginia, was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season after violating the NFL policy on performing-enhancing substances, according to ESPN.com.
He issued this statement after learning of his suspension, via ESPN.com:
“I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption,” Irvin said in a statement released by the team. “I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return.”
Last season, Irvin played in all 16 games for the Seahawks, recording 16 tackles and 8.0 sacks in his rookie year. He also forced a fumble.
In the off season, Seattle signed Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel to join Chris Clemons and Irvin to assist in the pass rush on the defensive line. So far, the defense has proved to be the best in the league, and Irvin’s presence will only make it better.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 248 pounds, Irvin is a unique combination of being both big and quick. He can be on the defensive line or back-peddle to cover a receiver in front of the secondary.
Next week, the Seahawks will visit the run-friendly Indianapolis Colts (3-1) in their quest to go 5-0. If there was a game the Seahawks truly needed Irvin, it may be this one.
The Colts, led by Ahmad Bradshaw, have the fourth-most rushing yards per game in the NFL, averaging 149.5 rushing yards per game.
The Seahawks give up 109 yards per game on the ground, 18th in the NFL.