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K.J. Wright scheduled to start at middle linebacker against Bears

Posted Aug 22, 2014

Eleven Seahawks are on the "not expected to play" list for Friday night’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field. But the bigger development is K.J. Wright starting at middle linebacker.

The Seahawks have released their list of players “not expected to play” in Friday night’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field. But the bigger news is where one of the players who will play is going to play.

K.J. Wright, the starter at weak-side linebacker the past two seasons, will start at middle linebacker. Wright has played in the middle during regular season games – including starting the season opener as a rookie in 2011. With two-time leading tackler Bobby Wagner still out with a hamstring injury, the coaches want to get Wright some work in the middle.

“Honestly, K.J. could star at all three of the linebacker spots – and he has,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said recently. “And I’m not sure he couldn’t be a nickel defensive end. So I couldn’t be more pleased with his start.”

Wright sliding inside will allow Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith to start at weak-side linebacker in his first game following offseason ankle surgery.

Seahawks Not Expected To Play:

WR David Gilreath

WR Bryan Walters

CB A.J. Jefferson

CB Eric Pinkins

LB Horace Miller

LB Bruce Irvin

LB Bobby Wagner

G C.J. Davis

DT Jimmy Staten

DT Michael Brooks

WR Kevin Norwood