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Friday in Hawkville: Bobby Wagner takes another big step toward returning

Posted Oct 25, 2013

Sidelined the past two games with a sprained ankle, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner participated fully in practice as the Seahawks continued to prepare for Monday night’s game against the Rams.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 25, when the Seahawks continued to prepare for Monday night’s nationally televised game against the Rams in St. Louis:

WORDS OF THE DAY: MIDDLE MAN

That was Bobby Wagner for the first five games of the season. That has been the K.J. Wright the past two games, when Wagner was out with a sprained ankle. Friday, it was both – as Wagner participated in all phases of practice; and Wright also continued to work at middle linebacker.

For Wagner, it was just the latest step in his way-ahead-of-schedule return from what coach Pete Carroll said was a high ankle sprain after Wagner was injured in the Seahawks’ only loss of the season in Week 5 against the Colts in Indianapolis. Wagner was the team’s leading tackler before he was sidelined.

That’s when Wright slid inside from his usual spot on the weak side. He led the team in tackles during the Week 6 victory over the Tennessee Titans and was second in last week’s win over the Arizona Cardinals.

“Bobby did a good job today,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said after practice. “It was certainly great to have been back in at practice today.”

Who starts in the middle in Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis remains to be seen. Coach Pete Carroll will provide that update after Saturday’s practice.

If Wagner returns, Wright will move back to the weak side.

“The one thing to me that he has, he’s got really good football instincts,” Quinn said of Wright. “So whether we play him at Will (weak side) or we play him at Mike (in the middle), where he can play behind the line, there’s like a real presence he has as a stand-up linebacker.”

Despite missing the past two games, Wagner is tied for third in tackles on the NFL’s No. 2-ranked defense. He and strong safety Kam Chancellor each have 34, while All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas leads the team with 47 and Wright is second with 41.

INJURY REPORT: CHRISTINE MICHAEL SITS OUT BECAUSE OF ILLNESS

The official report, as issued by the team:

STAT DU JOUR: RUN, RUSSELL, RUN

Last season, Russell Wilson ran for more yards (489) than any quarterback in franchise history, including the top single-game total – 92 in the Week 15 win over the Bills in Toronto. Wilson broke that mark this season and now has the top four rushing performance by a QB – all on the road:

Opponent (date) Att. Yds. Avg.
Colts (Oct. 6, 2013) 13 102 7.8
Bills (Dec. 16, 2012) 9 92 10.2
Texans (Sept. 29, 2013) 10 77 7.7
Bears (Dec. 12, 2012)  9 71 7.9

Did not practice
FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
RB Christine Michael (illness)

Full participation
WR Golden Tate (shoulder)
MLB Bobby Wagner (ankle)

Michael, this year’s top draft choice, missed his second day of practice because of an illness.

For the Rams:

Did not practice
RB Benny Cunningham (ankle)

Limited participation
CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh)

SPORTS CENTER: RUSSELL WILSON HAS A LINK TO WORLD SERIES

Games 4 and 5 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Boston Red Sox will be played in St. Louis on Sunday and Monday nights. And Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has a connection to that other sport which extends beyond the fact that he played baseball at North Carolina State and professionally in the minor leagues.

YOU DON'T SAY

“Don’t be standing on the tracks when that train comes down the tunnel.”

Rams QB Kellen Clemens on Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor

The father of Cardinals’ left fielder Matt Holliday, Tom, was Wilson’s coach at NC State.

“I’m actually good friends with Matt Holliday and their whole family,” Wilson said. “Matt Holliday is a really good friend of mine. We’ve gotten to know each other. We’ve exchanged jerseys. I have a Matt Holliday gray jersey hanging up on my wall. So I’m wishing him the best of luck.

“Matt is as good a person as it gets. And he was a really good football player, too. He played in Texas; great quarterback. So just talking to him about sports, he loves it.”

UP NEXT: “NO REPEAT FRIDAY”

The players will hold their final full practice on Saturday before their game against the Rams. But Saturday is Friday in Hawkville this week because the game is on Monday night.

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks