Brooks: Divisional-round preview
Bucky Brooks examines the matchups and lays out
a path to championship weekend for each surviving playoff team. More ...
"It's a big loss for us in a lot of ways," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, via The Associated Press. "Chris has been a great football player and just a symbol of consistency in the years that we've had him, but he's been a great leader for us, too, and a tough dude and a guy we've become very comfortable playing with, and we'll miss the heck out of him."
Irvin now will be forced into a three down-role. He has struggled in run support, but he did set a Seahawks rookie record with eight sacks.
"This is Bruce's opportunity," Carroll said, via The AP. "This is what we drafted him to play, and we'll see how he does. We expect him to do really well as he steps up."