After a strong rookie season, Seattle Seahawks Edge Rusher Bruce Irvin showed immense promise. A boneheaded move, however, will shorten his sophomore season in the NFL.
In 2012, Seattle Seahawks Edge Rusher Bruce Irvin recorded 8.0 sacks and a forced fumble. His 2013 expectations were even greater.
Irvin was suspended for 2013’s first four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Irvin can participate in the rest of the offseason and can come back on September 30.
Irvin’s statement, which can be found on the team’s official website:
I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption. I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return.
This suspension will sting the defense. He is a key component to the pass rushing unit, and his talents will be missing for a quarter of the regular season.