After the final preseason game in late August against Oakland, linebacker Bruce Irvin didn't want to remove his jersey and shoulder pads, knowing it would be sometime in October before he would be back in a Seahawks uniform.
No wonder Irvin wore a huge smile Wednesday when he finally got back on the practice field after serving a four-game suspension for using a banned substance.
''My smile explains everything. It feels great,'' Irvin said. ''It was tough watching these guys for four weeks but you know I had to pay my debt to society. Now it's time to get back to work.''
The Seahawks didn't hesitate in throwing Irvin back into practice on Wednesday, but have not made a determination if he will be ready to go when Seattle heads to Indianapolis to face the Colts. Not only has Irvin missed the first month of the season, he has yet to play a regular-season game in his new role as a linebacker.
''This is a bit of a transition for him. He still hasn't really cemented himself in that p...