Bruce Irvin LB SEA 2 Months

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expects Bruce Irvin's role to be a "blend" between outside linebacker and LEO-rush duties in 2014.

"(It) will continue to be a blend of the outside backer 'stuff and the rush end stuff, and we are thrilled about him," Carroll said at the Combine. "He had a really good year playing linebacker and we want to continue to develop his rush ability." With K.J. Wright (foot) back for the Super Bowl, Irvin played only 19 snaps. For the regular season, Irvin played 513 snaps across 12 games, notching two sacks. He needs to take a step forward in 2014.

Bruce Irvin LB SEA 7 Months

Seahawks SLB Bruce Irvin's four-game suspension is over.

Irvin returned to the Seahawks' facility Monday afternoon. The team will have to make a move to clear a roster spot. Irvin will likely play mostly a pass-rushing role with Malcolm Smith manning the strong side on early downs.

Bruce Irvin LB SEA 9 Months

Seahawks OLB Bruce Irvin will miss Friday's preseason opener with a groin injury.

It's notable because the suspended Irvin is trying to learn strong-side linebacker, and Friday is just one of four opportunities he'll have to take the field before Week 5. "We are frustrated by that. These games are really important to him," coach Pete Carroll said. "He's one of the (guys) that has a chance to really show something in this little bit of a transition to playing SAM backer for us." Carroll went on to say Irvin is "really close." It's not a long-term concern.

Bruce Irvin LB SEA 9 Months

Coach Pete Carroll says he plans to move defensive end Bruce Irvin to outside linebacker, where he'll compete with Malcolm Smith for the starting job.

Irvin will still see looks as a defensive end in nickel pass-rushing situations, but isn't big enough to ever earn a full time role on the defensive line. Carroll brought up Irvin's versatility as being extremely valuable to the team, and added "We're a 4-3 personnel system that plays 3-4 looks," indicating Irvin will get plenty of pass rush opportunities at outside linebacker. Expect Irvin to win the job from Smith after serving his four-game suspension for PEDs.

Bruce Irvin LB SEA 11 Months

NFL suspended Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin four games for violating the league's policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Irvin has no plans to appeal, admitting he took the substance without a medical exemption. He'll participate in training camp and preseason, then be barred from all Seahawks activities until Week 5. Irvin, the 15th overall pick in last year's draft, registered eight sacks and a forced fumble as a nickel-rushing rookie. Seattle is deep enough to withstand Irvin's loss after adding Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to their pass-rushing corps.

Bruce Irvin LB SEA Apr 18 '13

Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin could see some time at outside linebacker.

"Athletically, absolutely," GM John Schneider said, when asked about the ability for Irvin to play linebacker. "But really, as a pass rusher he needs to improve his game as well. And I'm sure he'd tell you the same thing." Both Irvin and Cliff Avril are expected to see time at strong-side 'backer and "Leo" pass rusher. SLB K.J. Wright could then move to the weak side.

Bruce Irvin LB SEA Jan 08 '13

Rookie DE Bruce Irvin will start Sunday's Divisional playoff game against the Falcons.

The Seahawks lost their best end Chris Clemons to a torn ACL and meniscus in last Sunday's win over the Redskins. "This is Bruce's opportunity. This is what we drafted him to play and we'll see how he does," coach Pete Carroll said. "We expect him to do really well as he steps up." Irvin can certainly fill Clemons' shoes as a pass-rusher, but his ability to hold up in the run game is a question.

Bruce Irvin LB SEA Dec 27 '12

DE Bruce Irvin has set the Seahawks' rookie record for sacks with eight.

Irvin was widely panned as a massive reach when the Seahawks took him at No. 15 overall. But he's ended up playing well while appearing on 43 percent of the defensive snaps, backing up Chris Clemons at the "Elephant" spot and getting to the quarterback as a third-down specialist. "He's had a very good year, and he's a factor and you can tell (opponents) are doing things to take care of him protection-wise," coach Pete Carroll said.

Bruce Irvin LB SEA Oct 08 '12

Seahawks first-round DE Bruce Irvin had two sacks in Week 5 and is up to 4.5 for the season.

Perhaps Irvin wasn't such a reach at No. 15 after all. The Seahawks have already posted 16 sacks in five games this year after managing just 33 all of last season. Irvin's burst off the edge as a situational pass rusher has been a big part of that. Tom Brady and the Patriots offense will have their hands full with this swarming unit in Week 6.

Bruce Irvin LB SEA Aug 30 '12

Coach Pete Carroll brushed off first-round DE Bruce Irvin's zero sacks or tackles through three preseason games.