Seahawks notebook: Linebacker Wright will miss 6 weeks with broken foot

Staff writerDecember 8, 2013 

Seahawks 49ers Football

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright watches from the sidelines in the second half Sunday.

BEN MARGOT — AP

Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright broke a bone in his right foot and is out for six weeks, according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Wright was furious on the sideline after being hurt in the first half Sunday. He was coming off a week in which he helped shut down prolific Saints tight end Jimmy Graham on Monday night and was relied upon on Sunday to help stop the run and cover 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.

“I am really disappointed in that,” Carroll said.

Wright was replaced by Malcolm Smith, who made four tackles.

Center Max Unger left the game and did not return because of a chest injury that Carroll described as a pectoral strain. Lemuel Jeanpierre replaced Unger.

Safety and special teams cog Jeron Johnson was also injured. He left the game with a hamstring pull and did not return. Johnson missed time earlier this season when he strained his other hamstring.

Backup defensive back DeShawn Shead took Johnson’s place on special teams. There was no immediate time estimate for the recovery of either Unger or Johnson.

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse left the field and went to the locker room with an injury but later returned.

FLAGS FLYING

The Seahawks try to be “on time” on offense.

They seek a rhythm in execution and play-calling. The fastest way to disrupt that is for a penalty flag to fly, particularly after a big gain.

That happened often Sunday.

The Seahawks were penalized nine times for 85 yards, picking up a variety of calls. A facemask was called on fullback Michael Robinson, negating a 20-yard gain by Marshawn Lynch. There were holds, hands to the face and defensive penalties, too.

Seattle players and coaches had much to say about the penalties afterward.

“I’m probably most disappointed that there was a lot of critical penalties,” Carroll said. “It felt like it kind of dictated the flow of (the game), but that is the way it goes sometimes. They call them on us, they call them on them, as well.”

The 49ers were part of flag day. They picked up seven penalties for 70 yards.

But the Seahawks were harping on the penalties afterward.

“We expected to blow them out, but they got the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game and that helps you, especially on third down,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “We will see them again, and it will be a different result.”

WILLSON’S BIG DAY

Rookie tight end Luke Willson had arguably his best day since joining the Seahawks.

Willson outran San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis twice in coverage, one time coming up with a 39-yard touchdown reception, his first professional score.

Willson finished with three catches for 70 yards. He was also heading home with the touchdown football stuffed into his gear bag.

Willson, a fifth-round pick out of Rice, was deferential when asked about his day.

“I think that everyone is worried about a lot of other players on our team,” Willson said. “Doug’s (Baldwin) got an option route that had drawn a lot of coverage and it kind of opened me up. Obviously, with the fake run to Marshawn (Lynch), they really bit hard.”

Willson has 13 catches this season.

BLOCKED AMBITION

Punter Jon Ryan had his second punt of the season blocked in the first quarter when Kassim Osgood blew past Malcolm Smith on a fourth-and-24 play from the Seattle 17.

The ball flew toward the sideline and was almost scooped up by the 49ers before Chris Maragos batted it and sent it 16 yards upfield, where it hit a 49ers player and went out of bounds.

A quirk in the rules turned Maragos’ swat into a valuable gain for the Seahawks. By rule, San Francisco was allowed to choose between a re-kick or taking the ball where it was batted, which was the Seattle 34 in this case. San Francisco chose to take the ball and was held to a 48-yard field goal from Phil Dawson.

EXTRA POINTS

This was the Seahawks’ final visit to Candlestick Park. The 49ers will move into Levi’s Stadium next season in Santa Clara, Calif. … San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin had six catches this time around against the Seahawks. He was stifled to just one catch in Week 2. … The weather was clear and 46 degrees at kickoff.

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.com; blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks; @Todd_Dybas

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