Multiple reports confirmed that Bruce Irvin, the Seahawks big outside linebacker, had hip surgery on Monday.
The surgery is not believed to be serious, and Irvin is confident he “will be back” by the time training camp rolls around next month.
Didn’t want this to get out but I’m fine! Will b back by training camp! For all u people saying this a make or break year for me!
If I woulda missed any games I wouldn’t have got it I decided to proceed because I could b back soon. #watchmework
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) June 2, 2014
Irvin missed the first four games of last season for allegedly using performing enhancing drugs. When he returned to the team, he produced 40 tackles and two sacks with an interception and a forced fumble.
The Seattle P-I reported that Irvin was one of several Seahawks not present at Monday’s organized team activity. Other absentees included Marshawn Lynch, Andru Pulu, Russell Okung, Cassius Marsh and Tony McDaniel.
ESPN.com noted that Irvin’s absence leaves a hole in the outside linebacker position for the time being.
Malcolm Smith is recovering from ankle surgery, which Pete Carroll said was simply to remove “loose bodies” in the ankle.
As a result, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Korey Toomer are getting reps during the OTAs.
But there is no reason to worry.
Training camp for the Seahawks does not begin until July 25, so seeing players like Irvin, Smith and Chancellor receiving minor surgeries just means they will be more tuned up in seven weeks.
The preseason starts on Aug. 7 against the Denver Broncos. The regular season opener comes a month later, on Sept. 4, against the Green Bay Packers.