(Updates.) James Carpenter is just happy to be back practicing.
The Seattle Seahawks' guard has been cleared to return to practice and was back at work this week as he gets re-acclimated to playing football again after a devastating knee injury in practice ended his rookie season.
''I've been waiting for 10 months to be back,'' he said.
Carpenter was injured during a relatively benign blocking drill during a practice in mid-November.
''I just knew that my season was over,'' Carpenter said.
The damage to his knee included a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the outset of training camp and seemed destined to begin the regular season there as well.
But Carpenter made strides in his recovery midway through training camp and surprised everyone, including coach Pete Carroll, by being activated for the start of the regular season.
''He's way ahead of schedule. We thought it was going to take another 6-8 weeks to get to this po...