Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin suspended first 4 games of 2013 season

Another year, another Seahawk suspended for Adderall

5/18/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Seattle Seahawks’ pass rush took a blow on Friday as the league announced a four game suspension, without pay, for Bruce Irvin effective immediately at the start of the 2013 regular season.
 
Irvin was reprimanded for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). The Seahawks defensive end appeared remorseful for his actions statement released by the team on Friday, and had no plans of appealing his suspension.
 
“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,” said Irvin. “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,” continued the statement. “I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return.”
 
Irvin is coming off on the heels of a 2012 season in which he lead all NFL rookies with eight sacks and was second on the team behind Chris Clemons who had 11.5 sacks last season. The 26-year-old also started at one of the pass rusher spots during the Seahawks’ 30-28 NFC playoffs win against the Atlanta Falcons last January, after Clemons went down with a torn ACL in the team’s Wild Card Round game against the Redskins a week earlier.
 
The Seahawk’s 15th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Irvin was expected to take on more responsibility this year with Clemons not expected to return from the ACL injury for at least the first month of the 2013 regular season. Instead Irvin will end up missing end up missing the Seahawks’ first four games – including the trip to Carolina, hosting the 49ers followed by a home game against the Jaguars, and traveling to Houston in Week 4.

Irvin will be eligible to return to the Seahawks’ active roster on Sep. 30, just a day after their game against the Texans.
 
Suddenly the Seahawk’s pass-rushers in bulk this offseason doesn’t seem like a luxury any more. Irvin’s suspension puts pressure on Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who were signed as free agents this offseason, to quickly adapt to the new scheme, although the Seahawks gave up the least points in the NFL last season.
 
Later Friday, Irvin issued a second statement via Twitter, indicating the team and himself were aware of the looming suspension. Irvin also acknowledged that he let a lot of people and himself down with his actions.
 
“I messed up and I feel so bad and have been depressed for weeks now,” said Irvin. “I’ve had sleepless nights because I knew when this came out, I would let so many people down, including myself. I have worked so hard to rebuild my image and it takes another blow.”
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5/19/13   |   JenX63   |   32359 respect

This article is a little bias since: Rob Jackson- Redskin, Daryl Washington- Cardinal,& Justin Blackmon- Jaguars, all have also been suspended the first four games of the year for the same offense. from what I have read, every team has dealt with this issue at one time or another and in some cases it has involved Coaches.

 

5/19/13   |     |   17641 respect

Jess wrote:
Also, it's not *just* the "cheathawks". The Redskins and Bucs have had a rash of players suspended for the same thing within the past few years as well, among others.
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You are somewhat right, according to the list I found, since 2010 there have been 19 teams with players suspended for using PEDs. 12 of them had one player, four had 2, the Bucs had 3(I wouldn't call that a rash, but they are 3rd on the list). While the Cheathawks and the Skins are tied with 7. I did count Sherman in there, cause he got off on a technicality not because he wasn't using PEDs. So officially the Cheathawks are one whole guy behind the Skins for biggest cheaters in the NFL. Where as in actuality they are tied.

*one player was suspended twice once playing for the Bucs, then a second time as a Skin.

5/18/13   |   Jess   |   34285 respect

Also, it's not *just* the "cheathawks". The Redskins and Bucs have had a rash of players suspended for the same thing within the past few years as well, among others.

5/18/13   |   Jess   |   34285 respect

Scott wrote:
6 players suspended since 2011.  At what point does Pete Carroll have to assume some responsibility for the players that are on his team?
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Exactly. There comes a point that the team needs to maybe dole out some sort of extra punishment for something like this. (Blanket party?) I don't know. As a Hawks fan, I'm disappointed and embarrassed, and I'm ticked off at Irvin. How could these guys be so stupid? Do they think they're just not going to get caught? 

Hopefully they'll be fine. Browner was suspended right after the Miami game last season, everyone panicked, and they were just fine. In the meantime, SOMEONE needs to take control of that locker room, whether it's PC or a player or assistant coach providing some leadership.

5/18/13   |   Scott   |   51860 respect

6 players suspended since 2011.  At what point does Pete Carroll have to assume some responsibility for the players that are on his team?