Former West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin hasn’t played in the NFL since Week 2 of the 2020 season, tearing his ACL and missing the remainder of the season. But Irvin is back, signing with the Chicago Bears Thursday night, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
Now 34 years old, a veteran of nine NFL seasons, he’s getting what could be one of the final opportunities of his professional career.
Veteran pass-rusher Bruce Irvin has signed with the #Bears, source said. With Khalil Mack banged up, some help on the edge.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2021
With star edge rusher Khalil Mack missing time over the past few games for the Bears, his status moving forward uncertain, Irvin will provide some pass rushing depth.
Irvin is just two seasons removed from an 8.5 sack season with the Carolina Panthers in 2019, accomplishing the feat in just 13 games, and he’s recorded 52 sacks, 118 quarterback hits and 64 tackles for loss in his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Panthers.
Originally a first round selection of the Seahawks, picked 15th in the 2012 NFL Draft, Irvin was a JUCO recruit who spent his final two seasons of college football at WVU. He racked up 61 tackles (45 solo), 29 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks and forced five fumbles in 26 games from 2010-11.
The Bears take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Solider Field in Chicago.