Second-year defensive end Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks will reportedly miss the first four games of the 2013 season due to a suspension for violating the NFL‘s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Irvin had a pretty solid rookie year last season amassing eight total sacks and improving consistently throughout the year.
This could be a big blow for the Seahawks as they struggled last season with depth in the pass rush. They will already be without reserve defensive end Greg Scruggs for the entire season after he underwent reconstructive arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Irvin was likely going to be used in a lot of third down and passing situations as he thrives in pass rush. He is also going to rotate in and out to allow starters Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril to get some rest.
After news broke, Irvin issued the following statement:
“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. 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.”
It will be interesting to see how the Seahawks deal with this issue. They already had trouble last season when cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner both were suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Sherman won his appeal while Browner served his four-game suspension.
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