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Wright ready to be in the middle

Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner suffered an ankle injury during Seattle’s loss at Indianapolis. If he can’t play Sunday against Tennessee, K.J. Wright will likely move to the middle.


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RENTON – With middle linebacker Bobby Wagner ailing with a high ankle sprain, K.J. Wright might go back to his Seahawks beginnings Sunday when Seattle hosts Tennessee.

Wright, who has been Seattle’s starter at weakside linebacker this year, will move to the middle if Wagner can’t play, with Malcolm Smith likely stepping in at weakside and Bruce Irvin playing on the strongside.

Wright has one career start at middle linebacker for the Seahawks, that coming in his first game as a rookie in the season opener in 2011.

“It’s not difficult at all because I’ve done it before,’’ Wright said.

The biggest difference, he said, is being responsible for making the calls to get the defensive front lined up properly.

“I’m prepared,’’ he said. “This is my third year in the NFL and I know how to play linebacker. I’m good at it. I can be a general out there if I need to be, so if they call on me to do that, I believe I will handle it just fine.’’

Wagner was injured in Sunday’s 34-28 loss to the Colts, but returned to finish the game, missing only three plays.

While Wagner sat out practice Wednesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said “he thinks he can make it by game time.’’ Carroll said a final determination wouldn’t be made until shortly before game time Sunday.

Receiver Percy Harvin is back in town finishing up rehab on his hip and is eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list next week.

Carroll, though, said Harvin wouldn’t be able to play in Seattle’s Oct. 17 game at Arizona, which puts his earliest return date as the Oct. 28 game at St. Louis.

“I don’t think that is realistic,’’ Carroll said when asked if Harvin could play against the Cardinals. “I think that is too soon to expect that to happen.

“He’s a full-on, full-speed football player; he’s got to be ready to go. Really, when he comes back, we want him to be able to endure the rigors of the end of the season. It’s not important to rush him back, it’s important to wait it out and be patient and get him out there when he’s ready to go and withstand the load of the game.”

Carroll said Harvin has been “working hard … we’re hoping for the very best, that there are no setbacks along the way, and we’ll keep progressing with it.’’

• Center Max Unger, out the last two weeks with a triceps injury, was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com



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