Seattle tackle contrite after returning to practice

Updated: October 7, 2003, 2:34 AM ET

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks tackle Chris Terry returned to practice Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies.

"Rules are rules," Terry said. "At some point, you have to learn the lesson and that's what I've done."

He'll play Sunday when the Seahawks (3-1) meet the San Francisco 49ers (2-3). And while coach Mike Holmgren praised backup Matt Hill for his four-game effort, the team knows Terry can produce.

"Y-a-a-a-a-y!" running back Shaun Alexander yelled as he passed Terry's group interview with reporters.

"I walked into a meeting. He was the first one I looked for," Holmgren said. "He looked great."

The Seahawks are banned under league rules from discussing the nature of the suspension.

Terry agreed in February to undergo counseling and perform community service as part of a deal to defer prosecution of a charge that he shoved his wife into a wall during an argument in the summer of 2002.

Terry was released by the Carolina Panthers in November after failing to keep a court appearance on the charge. He was signed off waivers by Seattle, where he started five games and helped stabilize a line that had been battered by injuries.

"I had a long year this past year," Terry said. "I've been cut. I came here. I had to go through adversity. Part of the reason some of those things happened, it was just carry-over from all the negatives before.

"But it was the last negative I had to go through, and I'm looking forward to playing some football."

Terry said he spent the past month working with children at the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club. He also lifted weights on his own and worked out at Lake Washington High School to stay in shape.

He said he continues to strive to keep his troubles under control.

"I'd like everybody to know just because I come back on the field, not everything is behind me," Terry said. "Just because you're a football player doesn't mean your life is easy. Some things in life are hard, but you have to deal with it."

He feels confident he can contribute right away for the Seahawks.

"I feel pretty good about that. Even if I didn't, I would battle through it," Terry said.

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