Seahawks defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin doesn’t care what his role is Thursday against Green Bay as long as he’s on the field in some capacity.
And following Tuesday’s practice, Irvin said he will indeed be playing against the Packers, his first game action since having surgery last spring to repair a torn hip labrum.
“Yeah,” Irvin said when asked if he will play against Green Bay. Then he smiled and added “I ain’t supposed to say this, but yeah I’ll be out there Thursday.”
Irvin has only returned to practice this week, listed as participating in a limited fashion after having been out until now while rehabbing the injury.
Irvin said it’s been tough watching the Seahawks get ready for the season from the sidielines.
“You don’t know how much you love something until you can’t do it,” Irvin said. “Coming out here with these guys practicing every day and all I could do was watch. I tried to take the time to try to get better as a linebacker, that was my first year last year. But man I’m just so happy and excited. Even if I get limited reps Thursday, I’m just excited. … I’m just happy to be dressing out with these boys and feeling like I’m contributing to this win we are about to get.”
Irvin also revealed that his hip injury dated to last pre-season, saying he tore the labrum during the team’s mock game on the Saturday before the first pre-season game.
“I just played with it,” said Irvin, who wanted to avoid surgery and hoped it would heal in the off-season. “I tried to go again this year but the docs told me if I didn’t get surgery I probably wouldn’t have made it (through the season). I would have probably end up getting surgery during the season. So I had to make a business decision. I’d rather miss four preseason games than four regular season games. I already dealt with that last year. I think I made the right decision, though.”
Irvin said playing through the injury last season wasn’t that tough other than “just extra soreness after the game.”
But he definitely appears to feel better now.
Irvin was in a good mood as he met reporters and also talked about the game against the Packers and memories of the Fail Mary game of two years ago, when the Seahawks had eight sacks in the first half.
Asked about the noise helping the pass rush at home, he said: “It’s a big advantage for us at home when you’ve got a crowd like the 12th man. It’s hard for teams to come in here and try to hard count you or try to silent count you. That’s our biggest thing, at home we want to try to get off the rock. With Aaron Rodgers, he like to keep the play alive so you’ve got to keep rushing, keep rushing, keep rushing. It takes four guys to contribute and hopefully we can repeat the same performance we had in 2012 but without the Fail Mary, though. We are going to beat them straight up this time.”
Asked about the Packers having to go with rookie center Corey Linsley with JC Tretter out, he said: “If I’m a rookie and I’ve got Brandon Mebane my first game — he’s one of the best nose tackles in the league. So it’s going to be big for him. I’m going to pray for him. It’s going to be a long night, man. We’ve just got to take advantage of it, all the weaknesses that he shows us, we’ve got to expose it and hopefully Bane is going to do what I know he is going to do to him. So we’ve just got to be ready.”
Asked about tackling Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, he said: “Have you seen his thighs? He might have thighs like (Seattle guard J.R.) Sweezy or somebody. So you know we’ve just got to play assignment football, tackle hard, put our body on him because he don’t go down with no arm tackle. Everybody’s got to be in their right gaps because if not they will make you pay for it. … I think we had a great week of practice and I think we will be ready for Eddie Lacy come Thursday night.”