Bruce Irvin ready, excited to rejoin Seahawks after 4-game suspension

After the final preseason game, Bruce Irvin didn't want to remove his jersey and shoulder pads, knowing it would be sometime in October before he would be back in a Seahawks uniform.

No wonder Irvin wore a huge smile Wednesday when he finally got back on the practice field after serving a four-game suspension for using a banned substance.

Irvin, the Seahawks' first-round pick in 2012, spent most of his four-week suspension in West Virginia where he went to college. Irvin said he tried to stay in football shape and to pass along the message to college players not to take their opportunities for granted.

Irvin is making a position switch from defensive end to outside linebacker as the Seahawks try to use his athleticism in the pass rush and in coverage.