RENTON — The Seahawks had hoped Bruce Irvin could play strongside linebacker in exhibition games before he has to miss the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
That long look, though, will now have to come in only three preseason games because Irvin will not be able to play when the Seahawks take on the Chargers on Thursday in San Diego.
Irvin, who played defensive end last season but will also play some at linebacker this year, has been sidelined lately with a groin issue. Carroll said that the injury doesn’t appear serious, but Irvin he won’t be on the San Diego trip.
“Yeah, I’m disappointed and so is he,’’ Carroll said. “We are frustrated by that. These games are really important to him. He’s one of the guys that has a chance to really show something in this little bit of a transition to playing SAM backer for us. We did everything we could to get him back — he’s really close — but it’s not the right thing to do to play him right now.’’
Also out is left guard James Carpenter, whom Carroll said is dealing with a foot strain suffered earlier this week in practice.
“He has a strain in his foot unrelated to anything else he has had,’’ Carroll said of Carpenter, who had offseason knee surgery. “He has had this before in the past in college, so it did show up. We are going day-to-day with him on it but we don’t know how long it is going to take. He is responding already to treatment and he is better than he was the first day, so we will see how it goes.’’
The Seahawks will also be cautious with starting center Max Unger, who has been limited lately by a groin issue.
“Could be one of those considerations where we will sit him out just to make sure we are taking advantage of the time,’’ Carroll said.
Seahawks cut Doucet
Shortly after leaving for San Diego, the Seahawks announced they had cut receiver Early Doucet, who had signed as a free agent Friday with the team seeking some receiving depth after hip surgery on Percy Harvin.
Doucet, though, practiced only once, Sunday, while dealing with some undefined injuries. The NFL transaction report stated that the team cut Doucet with a designation of “Failure to Disclose Physical Condition.’’
Carroll was asked about Doucet after practice on Wednesday, but before the team announced he had been cut, and said: “He’s been banged up and he’s got some issues that we are still working with and we’ve got to figure them out.’’
Doucet, who played the last five years with the Arizona Cardinals, had told reporters after Sunday’s practice that “I feel good. I feel good.’’
Including Harvin, the Seahawks have 12 receivers on their roster.