One of the bigger injury-related questions for the Seahawks as training camp nears on July 25 is the status of linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin, who had hip surgery in the spring.
Coach Pete Carroll said at the end of mini-camp that Irvin might be the most questionable of any of Seattle’s injured players — of which there aren’t many — to be ready for the beginning of training camp.
“Bruce is going to be up against it a little bit,” Carroll said. “He’s had a fantastic recovery already and he is going to work his butt off to get back. But we are going to have to wait and see.”
A Tweet today from Irvin, while not clarifying when he will be back, at least seemed to indicate that all is going well so far in his rehab:
Rehabbing sucks! But man my hip feels 100 times better!
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) July 12, 2014
If healthy, Irvin will compete for time at strongside linebacker and as a rusher in passing downs. The SLB job could be one of the more hotly-contested position battles on the time with Malcolm Smith. The Seahawks, though, can also use K.J. Wright there, as well, depending on the situation, as they did in the Super Bowl. That the Seahawks have a lot of options at both spots means the team may not need to rush Irvin back. This looms as a key year, though, for Irvin, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, with the Seahawks having some potentially tough decisions to make going forward with their linebacking corps. Sort of goes without saying that the sooner he returns to clarify his role for this season, the better.