Seahawks’ James Carpenter Bruce Irvin out for preseason opener
The Seahawks were eager to see both young players in game action after a strong showing in camp, but now the team will have to wait to see them again lineup against a real opponent this year.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not provide any details as to which players will play against the Chargers.
"At this time we really will take the stance on guys that if we think they need rest we're resting them," Carroll said. "If we think they need a break, we're going to break them. It's just so early that we can do that."
But Carroll was certain that neither Carpenter nor Irvin hit the field on Thursday. Carpenter hasn’t practiced since suffering a foot sprain and Irvin has also been held out of practices this week due to groin issue However, both players appeared to have only sustained minor injuries according to multiple reports.
Carpenter has been working to get back to football shape after playing only sparingly since his first knee injury in November 2011. He was expected to be competing in training camp for the starting job at left guard with incumbent Paul McQuista. Irvin had been shifted from defensive end to outside linebacker this offseason and was displaying the athleticism in camp that initially inspired the Seahawks to draft him in the first-round last year.
The Seahawks will be already without Irvin for the first four games of the regular season due to suspensions for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. The team had been counting on his preseason appearance to better understand how Irvin is adjusting to his new position, and whether he will remain consistent at the spot upon his return later in the regular season.
"I'm disappointed in that and so is he. We're frustrated by that because these games are important to him,” Carroll said. “…We did everything that we could to try and get him back. He's really close, but it's not the right thing to do right now so we're going to hold him back."