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Bruce Irvin | Linebacker

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 248
College: West Virginia
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Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin said his surgically repaired hip feels "100 times better."
Irvin didn't say anything about his status for training camp, but at least we know he's had no setbacks. If the 2012 first-rounder can get back on the field sometime in August, he'll compete for snaps at strongside linebacker with K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith and O'Brien Schofield. Jul 14 - 7:47 AM

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Coach Pete Carroll hinted SLB Bruce Irvin (hip) may not be ready for the start of the season.

"He’s dealt with it for a long time and it just got to a point where we thought it was better to have a chance to have him back for the start of the season, which is a possibility, so we’ll see what happens," Carroll said. Irvin underwent hip surgery earlier this month and seems to have already been ruled out for camp. K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith, and O'Brien Schofield will get the summer reps.
Jun 9 - 6:18 PM

Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin underwent hip surgery on Monday, and there's "no real prognosis yet" for his recovery.

Irvin has tweeted that he expects to be ready for training camp. Ticketed for a combo rush/outside linebacker role, Irvin is coming off a disappointing 2013 where he was suspended for the first four games, and played only 19 snaps in the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory.
Jun 2 - 4:49 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects Bruce Irvin's role to be a "blend" between outside linebacker and LEO-rush duties in 2014.

"(It) will continue to be a blend of the outside backer 'stuff and the rush end stuff, and we are thrilled about him," Carroll said at the Combine. "He had a really good year playing linebacker and we want to continue to develop his rush ability." With K.J. Wright (foot) back in the starting lineup for the Super Bowl, Irvin played only 19 snaps. For the regular season, Irvin played 513 snaps across 12 games, notching two sacks. He needs to take a step forward in 2014.
Feb 25 - 8:50 PM

Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin's four-game suspension is over.

Irvin returned to the Seahawks' facility Monday afternoon. The team will have to make a move to clear a roster spot. Irvin will likely play mostly a pass-rushing role with Malcolm Smith manning the strong side on early downs.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 06:35:00 PM

Suspended Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin will miss Friday's preseason opener with a groin injury.

It's notable because ex-DE Irvin is learning strong-side linebacker, and Friday is one of just four opportunities he'll take the field before Week 5. "We are frustrated by that. These games are really important to him," coach Pete Carroll said. "He’s one of the (guys) that has a chance to really show something in this little bit of a transition to playing SAM backer." Carroll went on to say Irvin is "really close." It's not a long-term concern.
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 04:20:00 PM

Coach Pete Carroll plans to move defensive end Bruce Irvin to outside linebacker, where he'll compete with Malcolm Smith for the starting strong-side job.

K.J. Wright is now the weak-side linebacker. Irvin will still see looks at defensive end in nickel pass-rushing situations, but isn't big enough to earn a full-time role on the line. Carroll brought up Irvin's versatility as being extremely valuable to the team, and added "We're a 4-3 personnel system that plays 3-4 looks," indicating Irvin will get plenty of pass-rush opportunities at linebacker. Expect Irvin to win the job from Smith after serving his four-game suspension for PEDs.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 09:42:00 AM

NFL suspended Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Irvin has no plans to appeal, admitting he took Adderall without a medical exemption. He'll participate in training camp and preseason, then be barred from all Seahawks activities until Week 5. Irvin, the 15th overall pick in last year's draft, registered eight sacks and a forced fumble as a nickel-rushing rookie. For the first month of the season, at least, Seattle is deep enough to withstand Irvin's loss after adding Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to their pass-rushing corps.
Fri, May 17, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin could see some time at outside linebacker.

"Athletically, absolutely," GM John Schneider said, when asked about the ability for Irvin to play linebacker. "But really, as a pass rusher he needs to improve his game as well. And I’m sure he’d tell you the same thing." Both Irvin and Cliff Avril are expected to see time at strong-side 'backer and "Leo" pass rusher. SLB K.J. Wright could then move to the weak side.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 07:09:00 PM

Rookie DE Bruce Irvin will start Sunday's Divisional playoff game against the Falcons.

The Seahawks lost their best end Chris Clemons to a torn ACL and meniscus in last Sunday's win over the Redskins. "This is Bruce's opportunity. This is what we drafted him to play and we'll see how he does," coach Pete Carroll said. "We expect him to do really well as he steps up." Irvin can certainly fill Clemons' shoes as a pass-rusher, but his ability to hold up in the run game is a question.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 08:34:00 AM

DE Bruce Irvin has set the Seahawks' rookie record for sacks with eight.

Irvin was widely panned as a massive reach when the Seahawks took him at No. 15 overall. But he's ended up playing well while appearing on 43 percent of the defensive snaps, backing up Chris Clemons at the "Elephant" spot and getting to the quarterback as a third-down specialist. "He's had a very good year, and he's a factor and you can tell (opponents) are doing things to take care of him protection-wise," coach Pete Carroll said.
Thu, Dec 27, 2012 10:46:00 AM

Seahawks first-round DE Bruce Irvin had two sacks in Week 5 and is up to 4.5 for the season.

Perhaps Irvin wasn't such a reach at No. 15 after all. The Seahawks have already posted 16 sacks in five games this year after managing just 33 all of last season. Irvin's burst off the edge as a situational pass rusher has been a big part of that. Tom Brady and the Patriots offense will have their hands full with this swarming unit in Week 6.
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 09:24:00 AM

Coach Pete Carroll brushed off first-round DE Bruce Irvin's zero sacks or tackles through three preseason games.

Irvin, the surprise No. 15 overall pick, is generating plenty of buzz behind closed doors. "Bruce was the most productive guy in practice throughout the camp," Carroll said. "We keep score of that stuff, and he was the highest-ranked guy in terms of productivity. That's in sacks and tackles for losses and knocking balls loose and all that stuff." Irvin still has plenty of upside as a situational pass-rusher this season.
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 10:40:00 AM

Seahawks first-round DE Bruce Irvin has been "the talk of training camp because of his quickness off the edge and his long wing span."

Defenses are going younger and quicker around the league, and Irvin is an elite athlete with rare speed for an edge rusher. The Seahawks drafted Irvin to have the kind of impact that 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith did as a rookie in nickel and dime packages. He's one of the reasons we're high on the Seahawks as a sneaky fantasy defense this year. They also have an elite young secondary.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 11:45:00 PM

Two NFL general managers tell the National Football Post that they had Seahawks first-rounder Bruce Irvin rated as the best pass rusher in the draft.

The question is whether Irvin will be limited to a situational role if he doesn't develop coverage and run-defense skills. "He's not a finished product," Seattle GM John Schneider acknowledged. "He's like a lump of clay. He has a lot of work to do, don't get me wrong. But he is a guy the coaches think they can mold. His change of direction testing was phenomenal. His movement skills are phenomenal."
Tue, May 8, 2012 02:59:00 PM