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."
"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
"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.