Seattle defensive end Bruce Irvin is set to return this week for the Seahawks’ game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Irvin was suspended for four games back in May as a result of a violation of the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs.
The Seahawks rank 4th against the pass this year, but rank just 18th against the run. Getting their budding young star back will undoubtedly help improve that standing. Traveling to Indianapolis (3-1), where quarterback Andrew Luck and the newly acquired Trent Richardson are a formidable challenge, the return of Irvin comes at a prefect time.
“He’s really excited to be here,’’ linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. said, according to the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta. “He really understands what he did wrong, and he is very happy to be back playing football. Just talking to him, he really appreciates this game a little bit more. Sometimes things have got to happen to you to appreciate it, and we are expecting a lot from him.’
Back in May, Irvin expressed was apologetic and took responsibility for his actions.
”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,” Irvin said in a statement released by the team, via foxsports.com and the Associated Press. ”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.”
Well, the chance is now for Irvin to live up to expectations.