Bruce Irvin practiced with the Seattle Seahawks for the first time this season on Sunday. He did not practice during training camp or play in any of the team’s preseason games following offseason hip surgery.
For Irvin, who is going into his third season in the NFL, it was his first time putting on shoulder pads and hitting the field since Super Bowl XLVIII. Last year, Irvin transitioned from the defensive line to linebacker. He had 24 more tackles last year than he did in his rookie season, but his sack totals fell from eight to two.
The Sackmaster, as we knew him at WVU, is primed for a return to his QB crunching ways. Head coach Pete Carroll mentioned over the summer that they will try to utilize Irvin’s pass rushing ability more this season.
Carroll says that Irvin could play in the Seahawks Week 1 game against the Packers. That game kicks off the NFL Regular Season on Thursday night on NBC at 8:30 PM ET.