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It is no secret that Bruce Irvin and I don’t have the best relationship. I am not exactly sure what I did to piss him off, but it must have been something. He’s not the first player, nor will he be the last, that I haven’t seen eye to eye with.
Still, I do my best to evaluate those players the same as I would a player who I like, or one that I have never met. To be honest, I don’t really even have a problem with Bruce Irvin, I just think he is a one-trick pony.
Today it was announced that Bruce would be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season. I never want to see any Seattle Seahawks player suspended for any reason.
That said, I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t prefer seeing it happen to him over another member of the team.
When I first heard that Irvin had been suspended for using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), I assumed it was steroids or something else to help him bulk up. About an hour later, Dave “Softy” Mahler reported that Bruce was suspended for using Adderall.
Bruce Irvin has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 NFL season. (Photo: Komo News)
I cannot comprehend how a player who needs to add size as much as Bruce does, and who is willing to cheat, doesn’t use a substance that will improve his game in an area that is so badly needed.
Bruce just cannot take on defensive ends at the NFL level as small as he is. Once they engage him, the play is over for Bruce.
After watching Winston Guy and Brandon Browner get suspended last season, as well as Richard Sherman fighting suspension for using Adderall, I would assume anyone would be smart enough to realize that using it is not worth the risk.
Apparently I was wrong.
Maybe he should have been taking Dopamine to improve his decision-making abilities. Bruce has definitely made a strong case for the dunce of the offseason award.
At the very least, he has embarrassed himself, the team and the 12th man.
I also saw reports that the Seahawks may have known about this impending suspension before free agency. If that is the case, they have had more than enough time to prepare their roster for such an event.
That could be the reason we saw the team add so many pass rushers this offseason.
After hearing about the suspension, I took a look at all the games where Bruce recorded a sack last season. I started with the preseason all the way until the Divisional Round playoff game. During that span, he had seven games where he recorded at least 0.5 sacks, and Seattle was 7-0 in those games.
He is a really good pass rusher, there is no doubt about that. The team could have used him week 2 when they host the San Francisco 49ers – a team looking to pay the Seahawks back for the whooping they receive din Seattle last season.
All we can do now is hope that he has learned from his mistake and that he will be ready to hit the field running after the Houston Texans game.
His words today have sounded good, but what really matters is his actions. Come back strong for the Colts game Bruce.
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Second year linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin is the latest Seahawks defender to be suspended for violating the NFL's policy on PEDs.
After being suspended for 4 games by the NFL and issuing an official apology, Bruce Irvin took to Twitter to apologize directly to his fans (Credit: AP Photo)
On Friday, Seattle Seahawks line backer Bruce Irvin was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance enhancing substance policy. Following the news of the suspension, Irvin issued an official...
According to Dave Mahler of Sportsradio KJR 950 AM in Seattle, the NFL has suspended Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin for the first four games of the 2013 season for taking Adderall, which is considered a performance enhancing drug.
Breaking Seahawks News: Bruce Irvin suspended 4 games for violating league substance abuse policy
— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) May 17, 2013
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The NFL announced the decision Friday. Irvin will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason practices and games, but will be suspended without pay for the opening...
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has been suspended four
games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing
substances, the team announced yesterday.
As a result, Irvin – the 15th overall pick in
last year’s draft – will not be able to practice with the team from the start
of the regular season through Monday, Sept. 30. Irvin will still...
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season on Friday after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Irvin will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason practices and games, but will be suspended without pay for the opening four games at Carolina, home...
The Seattle Seahawks have sustained a major blow with Bruce Irvin being suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.Irvin will be available for all the Seahawks' camp activities and preseason games but will be excused from the team before the team's Week 1 game at Carolina.Irvin has also released a statement...
Bruce Irvin has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season after reportedly violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Here is the full release, as detailed on Seattletimes.com:
“Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the...
RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season on Friday after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Irvin will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason practices and games, but will be suspended without pay for the opening four games...
Here we go again. The Seattle Seahawks have to deal with a four-game suspension dealt to their defensive end Bruce Irvin which was handed down by the NFL after having violated the league’s performance-enhancing policy. As a top-rookie last year, he had eight sacks. He will be missed but at least it is only four-games and hopefully he is smart enough not to repeat this mishap in...
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Dave Mahler reports that league sources have confirmed that Irvin’s suspension was for adderall use.
Irvin has since released a statement:
“I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches...
Better find Richard Sherman’s lawyer or Olivia Pope.
#Seahawks 2012 first round pick DE Bruce Irvin has been suspended for 4 games for violating NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) May 17, 2013
According to Eric D. Williams of the The Bellingham Herald, six players on the Seattle Seahawks have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs since 2011. The latest one is defensive end Bruce Irvin, who tested positive for Adderall. Other Seahawks players that have failed performance enhancing drug tests are Brandon Browner, Winston Guy, John Moffitt, Allen Barbre and Richard...