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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Seahawks Injury Update: Bruce Irvin, Christine Michael, Kevin Norwood

By on 9/03/2014 01:30:00 PM

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that linebacker Bruce Irvin and wide receiver Kevin Norwood will have a chance to play in Thursday’s season opener against the Green Bay Packers, reports Bob Condotta of The Seattle TImes. Condotta also notes that running back Christine Michael’s status for Thursday remains in doubt:

Irvin returned to practice Monday after missing all of training camp and the preseason while recovering from offseason hip surgery. Mike Morgan is listed as the starter at SAM linebacker against Green Bay, although that may change when Irvin is fully healed.

Seattle’s 2012 first-round pick has been effective rushing the passer, totaling 10.0 sacks for his career. Irvin is expected to see time both as an outside linebacker and edge rusher in 2014.

Norwood is recovering from August 6 surgery to remove a bone spur in his foot. Despite not being able to play in the preseason with the injury, the Seahawks saw enough in Norwood to keep the rookie fourth-rounder on the 53-man roster.

While Norwood will likely be fifth on the depth chart, he could still play an important role as one of Seattle’s larger targets. With Golden Tate gone and Percy Harvin’s injury history, the Seahawks are a bit short on depth at receiver.

Michael missed the preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders after suffering a hamstring injury earlier in the week in practice. Carroll said that Michael is still “banged up” and will be evaluated again before the game against Green Bay.

After playing sparingly in 2013 as a rookie, the explosive Michael was expected to contribute a bit more as Marshawn Lynch enters his age-28 season. Robert Turbin won the backup job out of camp and will take Michael’s carries if he can’t play, as Seattle has no other running backs on the 53-man roster.  

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