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Morning links: Can newcomers create pass rush?

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports takes a look at the most pressing need for every NFL team. Of course, for the Seattle Seahawks the most pressing need centers on how the team will create consistent pressure on the quarterback, particularly with the latest news that Bruce Irvin has been suspended for the first four games of 2013 after violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.

Prisco: “Can the signings of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett compensate for the loss of Chris Clemons, who suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs?

Avril had a bit of a disappointing season for the Lions last year, which is why he didn't come back. Bennett is coming off his best season, but neither of these two has the explosive speed that Clemons had. Bruce Irvin, a second-year player, is also in the mix. He does have the speed off the edge.”

Here’s my story on Irvin’s suspension.

Along with issuing an apology through the team, Irvin took to Twitter, using his Ipad to post a second apology, which you can view below.

Danny O’Neil of ESPN 710 Seattle writes that Irvin’s suspension is a reality check for the Seahawks.

Dave Dameshek of NFL.com predicts the Seattle Seahawks will be the No. 5 seed in the playoffs for the upcoming season.

Marc Sessler of NFL.com ranks Russell Wilson as the 11th best quarterback in the league.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000200131/article/ranking-the-nfl-quarterbacks

The Washington Post has an interesting series on the pain NFL players deal with during and after their playing careers are over. It’s definitely worth a read this morning.

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