The Seahawks will finally have the defensive line they envisioned at the beginning of the season, as end/linebacker Bruce Irvin is now eligible to practice and play after serving a four-week suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
And Irvin didn’t try to hide his excitement about being back with his teammates.
As he opened a session with reporters and was asked how it felt to be back, Irvin pointed to his face and said “my smile explains everything.”
Irvin spent the four weeks at his alma mater of West Virginia, and he noted with another wide smile that he had made a substantial donation to the school recently “so I felt like I should go back there and use the weight room.”
Irvin said he is completely recovered from a groin injury that hampered him at the end of the preseason, and that he simply can’t wait to get back on the field.
“It was tough watching these guys for four weeks,” he said. “But I paid my debt to society and now it’s time to get back to work. … Words can’t explain how tough it was watching these guys battling with each other each and every week. I know they are competing in practice and I’m just waking up watching SportsCenter getting a good morning sleep, waking up at 11:30 going to a work out and these guys waking up at 6 in the morning. It was hard, man, but I made the best out of the situation and I got through it and now I’m back.”
Here’s a few minutes of video of Irvin’s meeting with the media today: