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Carroll: Bruce Irvin will play vs. Chargers

Versatile edge defender Bruce Irvin will return to the field for the Seahawks Saturday against the San Diego Chargers, head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday during his post-practice press conference. Irvin left the field early last Friday against Kansas City after suffering a head injury and underwent concussion protocols earlier this week.

It is a big sigh of relief for Irvin and the Seahawks as recent research has shown how serious head injuries can be and the varying time it may take players to recover from concussions.

Irvin, 27, has been overshadowed a bit by Bobby Wagner and even fellow edge defenders K.J. Wright and Cliff Avril but he may be Pete Carroll’s most versatile defender and is almost certain to earn big attention in the free agent market when his contract comes up following this season.

The dynamic outside linebacker and third down pass rusher has emerged as a moveable chess piece for the Seahawks and looks poised to have a big season, bulking up to a chiseled 263 pounds.

His selection in the first round four years ago by John Schneider was panned by many but he quieted critics with eight sacks as a rookie and has steadily improved in his run fits and coverage skills the past two seasons. Irvin has three career interceptions, the last two of which he returned for touchdowns last season against the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.

Of other injury news, the secondary will be much deeper against Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Richard Sherman, Tharold Simon, Mohammed Seisay and Marcus Burley will be back this week. Earl Thomas will continue to sit out but is expected to be ready for Week One of the regular season in St. Louis. Carroll said there is nothing new with Kam Chancellor, as expected.

Defensive tackle Jesse Williams has missed the past few days with an illness but is expected to play Saturday. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and wideout Chris Matthews may be able to return for the preseason finale a week from now at CenturyLink against the Raiders. Top Stories