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.