by Brad Biggs
May 27, 02013
The Seattle Seahawks had a players-only meeting to discuss the organization’s bad run of losing players to performance-enhancing drug suspensions.
Safety Kam Chancellor, visiting with Alex Marvez and Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio, said players addressed the matter shortly after defensive end Bruce Irvin, the club’s first-round draft pick a year ago, was suspended without pay for the first four regular-season games of 2013.
Irvin became the sixth Seahawks player to fail a drug test and the fifth to be suspended as cornerback Richard Sherman was successful in an appeal late last season.
“We've got to grow up and move past that,” Chancellor said, per Marvez. “That's pretty much the message right now.”
Fortunately, the Seahawks put a premium on their pass rush in some free agency moves, adding Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. But Irvin had eight sacks as a rookie and the club is hoping he is ready to build on that performance.
“Bruce is a key part of our defense,” Chancellor said. “But our team is so stacked in our depth. Everybody is so good that whoever steps into that role, they'll do their job, so we shouldn't miss a beat.”
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