After suffering a torn ACL in Week 2 against the New England Patriots that required surgery, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin had a second surgery, Coach Pete Carroll revealed Monday.
“He needed some support, and he’s come out of that really well,” Carroll said during his end of the season press conference, “But he’s behind (in his recovery) because of that.”
Irvin is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, but the 33-year-old could face some difficulty in finding his next NFL home following another major surgery that could set him back in being ready for the season’s start.
The Seahawks first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft has made it clear that if he is unable to return next season, he’s hanging up his cleats for good.
Prior to reuniting with the Seahawks in 2020 on a one-year deal, Irvin had a career-high 8.5 sacks in 13 games with 12 starts for the Carolina Panthers in 2019. He added 36 combined tackles, 16 QB hits and a fumble recovery in his two games with Seattle prior to his ACL injury.
Safety Marquise Blair, whose season also ended in Week 2 with an ACL tear, remains a part of the team’s plans future plans and is expected to be ready to go at the start of training camp.
"Marquise is flying in his return," Carroll said. "His attitude is extraordinary. He's doing great, and he should be a big factor. This is a great football player. I'm so excited about this guy. He was looking so good. We had positioned him in the right spot, he was going to play right up in there, he'd have played all year long right, he'd have played so much. He should be back by camp and all that and be ready to go. Fortunately, the injury was early enough in the year."