Bruce Irvin’s hip surgery reshuffles Seahawks’ linebackers
Bruce Irvin, Seattle’s fourth linebacker missing from workouts, says he’ll be back by training camp.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Seahawks linebackers could be involved in some of the fiercest position battles when training camp arrives.
For now, though, as Seattle enters its second week of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), it’s a position group more notable for those who are missing.
The latest addition to the list of walking wounded is Bruce Irvin, who the team said had hip surgery Monday. Coach Pete Carroll did not talk to the media after the workout and the team did not offer an official prognosis.
Irvin, though, took to Twitter to say he will be back by training camp in late July.
“Didn’t want this to get out but I’m fine! Will b back by training camp!’’
The Seahawks’ first-round draft choice in 2012 later added via Twitter that he would not have had the surgery if he was going to miss any games. “I decided to proceed because I could b back soon,” he wrote.
Already missing OTAs is Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, out after recent ankle surgery. Smith and Irvin are likely to vie for the starting strongside linebacker spot. Regardless of who officially wins that battle, though, each will have a significant role this season. Irvin also will play some defensive end, specifically the LEO rush end spot, while Smith also can play weakside linebacker.
Also limited of late has been fourth-round choice Kevin Pierre-Louis, hobbled with a groin issue since rookie minicamp.
Also out Monday was veteran O’Brien Schofield, who as Irvin also plays defensive end but also can play some strongside linebacker.
The absences Monday had fourth-year vet Mike Morgan often lining up with the first unit on defense at linebacker alongside starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and weakside linebacker K.J. Wright.
Wagner said the linebackers who are out there are off to a good start.
“I think we are really focusing on making sure we are running (at) the ball and really showing our effort right now trying to perfect everything and pick up where we left off last season,’’ Wagner said.
Where the team left off was with a 43-8 victory over Denver in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
Wagner, though, said the Seahawks are pretty much done basking in that glow.
“The Super Bowl was great,’’ he said. “But I think everyone on this team has got a bigger picture that we want to be more than just that team that won one Super Bowl. So we are focusing on winning another one and being that same dominant team we were last year.’’
• Irvin also is the third notable Seahawk to have hip surgery in the past year, joining receiver Percy Harvin, who missed all but one regular season game in 2013 after having surgery during training camp, and strong safety Kam Chancellor, who is sitting out OTAs after recently having surgery. Chancellor is expected back for the season.
• Two veterans were not at the voluntary OTA Monday, running back Marshawn Lynch, who was absent last week during an OTA open to the media, and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, who was gone for the day for personal reasons. CB Phillip Adams also was absent Monday, also said to be for personal reasons.
• Rookie DL Andru Pulu and Cassius Marsh also missed the workout Monday due to the rule preventing them from participating because they attended schools on the quarter system that are still in session.
• Seattle will have two more OTAs this week but neither is open to the media. OTAs will conclude next week, including two more open to the media. The team will have its minicamp, which is mandatory for players, June 17-19.
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