Found May 17, 2013 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Irvin Suspended 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 NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Irvin will be eligible to return to the Seahawks’ active roster on Monday, September 30 following the team’s September 29 game against the Houston Texans. Irvin is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.” What is obviously a big disappointment for the Seahawks’ organization and all fans of the Hawks, Irvin will miss a significant amount of time after figuring to play a bigger role on the defense in 2013. Irvin will miss the first four games next year (Richard Lipski/AP) Seattle’s somewhat surprise of a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, reports have come out that he was suspended for using Adderall, a medication that has become all too familiar with the Seahawks. Last year, Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner were each suspended for four games for using the substance, though Sherman fought his suspension and ended up winning. Still eligible to participate in offseason and preseason workouts/games, Irvin has already released a statement to his fans and the organization. “I want to apoligize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption. I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgement I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return.” Making an appearance in all of Seattle’s 18 games (16 regular season, 2 postseason) last year, Irvin racked up just 10 tackles in the regular season and 2 in the postseason in his limited time on the field. He has nine sacks in his 18 games, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. His best game of 2012 arguably came against the Carolina Panthers, as he racked up two sacks and forced a fumble in Seattle’s 16-12 victory. This is not the first time Irvin has had issues off the football field. Though he has been good during his time in Seattle, Irvin had character issues during high school and college that made many scouts doubtful about his personality and whether or not he would be a distraction at the NFL level. Impact Seeing as I figured Irvin as a starter heading into 2013, it’s obvious to say that his absence will obviously play a bit of an impact for the Seahawks early on next season. Especially with Chris Clemons‘ health still in question and doubt surrounding when he will return, the Hawks will miss Irvin’s speed off the edge in their contests against the Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans. Luckily for Seattle they have a lot of depth and young talent along the defensive line after bringing in quite a few players this year. The additions of Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril are looking even more significant for Seattle right now, and we may see the emergence of some other, younger guys early on in 2013. Other players in the mix in 2013 will be Kenneth Boatright, Benson Mayowa, and Ty Powell. I guess Ty Powell makes the team out of camp now eh? #Seahawks — Q Smith (@NWSBQ) May 17, 2013 The rookie leader in sacks in 2013, we’ll hope Irvin will use the time away from the field at the start of the season to really reevaluate his decisions and become a better athlete and individual from this.  He will be eligible to join Seahawks on September 30 with his first eligible game coming against the Indianapolis Colts on October 6. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG PAGE IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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