Groin strain will sideline Bruce Irvin on Thursday


For plenty of players with a relatively safe spot on their team’s roster, missing the brief amount of playing time they’re afforded in the first preseason game isn’t the biggest of deals.

Bruce Irvin isn’t one of those players, though. The Seahawks are giving Irvin time at outside linebacker in addition to defensive end during training camp, which makes chances to respond to game situations in his new spot an important part of getting ready for the season. It’s even more important for Irvin because he’s suspended for the first four games of the regular season and won’t have those weeks of practice to help him adjust to the new gig, but Irvin won’t be in the lineup due to a groin strain.

“Yeah, I’m disappointed and so is he,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “We are frustrated by that. These games are really important to him. He’s one of the guys like [running back turned middle linebacker] Allen Bradford that has a chance to really show something in this little bit of a transition to playing SAM backer for us. We did everything we could to get him back — he’s really close — but it’s not the right thing to do to play him right now.”

The injury may not be one of serious concern in the big picture, but it’s still a missed opportunity for Irvin.

Condotta reports that linebacker Bobby Wagner is likely to miss the game as well, which would give Bradford a chance to start. Center Max Unger is going to be a game-time decision, which probably means he’ll sit, and guard James Carpenter will definitely miss the game.

5 responses to “Groin strain will sideline Bruce Irvin on Thursday

  1. Which means Seattle will likely play Malcolm Smith at olb, or play nickel defense. Doubt this affects the game much

  2. Still with the PED jokes?? 2 months plus and very original! Seattle has so many players that can step into the Leo role right now. Schofield is said to look fast and athletic out there and Seattle gave him an incentive based contract. Avril has been resting his foot I believe. More concerning is somebody having to fill in for Bobby Wagner because that spot there isn’t much depth behind him.

  3. Thank God, none of you have ever made a mistake or exercised poor judgment in your life. Wow! You are definitely an inspiration. Bruce Irvin made poor choices and he is paying for it now. And yes, that will have a negative effect on the team, too. But have you ever thought of cutting the guy some slack? He’s not out murdering people. He’s not beating up his wife.

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