RENTON K.J. Wright assures that no, he did not go to Switzerland to get his knee treatment.
“Nah, man,,” the Pro Bowl linebacker said with a laugh following his return Tuesday to fully practicing.
Wright gets the reference.
He was in his third season with the Seahawks the last time Seattle had a veteran depart training camp for a mysterious treatment away from the team on an aching knee. That was the summer of 2013 when wide receiver Sidney Rice was hanging with the Swiss for plasma-rich platelet blood therapy in an attempt to accelerate healing.
All coach Pete Carroll has said about the work done on Wright’s knee over the past week was that it was a “process,” it was not a surgery, and that it was done out of town.
Wright didn’t reveal much more upon his return to the starting defense three days before the Seahawks host Kansas City on Friday in the third preseason game. He did say it was no specific injury, that the knee had been bothering him since mid-June and that “things pop up, flare up and you have to take care of it.”
He wouldn’t say if he had the PRP therapy Rice had.
“Oh, we can’t talk about my knee,” the always-cordial Wright said with a grin on his face off the edge of the practice field.
“I don’t know what Sidney was on. But I was on some stuff that worked. Thank God for the doctors out here. They do an amazing job. I’m thankful that I’m back.
“But I’m good, though. I’ll be out there against Green Bay (in the opener Sept. 10), I promise you.”
Wright is hinting with “doctors out here” that his trip away from the team for medical treatment may have remained on the West Coast -- and not involved another continent. He said his knee first began bothering him in organized team activities of June. But he practiced on, and played 13 snaps in the preseason opener Aug. 13 at the Los Angeles Chargers before seeking treatment.
“I’m a soldier. I pushed through it,” he said. “We just wanted to be smart, so I could be 100 percent for the season. This is the perfect time.”
“The knee is good. One-hundred percent,” the invaluable linebacker partner for All-Pro Bobby Wagner said. “You can see I’m running. How did I look out there?”
Well, media can’t watch but the first, stretching and position drills in practice now that the team is officially out of training camp. So we’re not sure.
“Oh, y’all can’t watch practice?” Wright said, unaware of a rule the team instituted last year.
“Yeah, I’m out there running, full speed, looking like the cheetah that I am.”
“More like a lion. Not like a cheetah,” he deadpanned. “Cheetahs are just too fast.
“I’m more like a lion.”
The Seahawks will just take the regular K.J. Wright.
They will absolutely take the return of the, until recently, under-appreciated but hugely important weakside linebacker. Wright never leaves the game, whether against the run or the pass, whether Seattle is in base, nickel, dime or any other variety of coin defense.
With his knee ailing against the Chargers and then without Wright last week in the preseason win over Minnesota, the Seahawks’ starters allowed 13-play scoring drives to begin each of their first two exhibitions.
Wright said watching his team’s game against the Vikings from his hotel while still away (wherever) for his knee treatment “sucked.” (Again, if the preseason game was on the TV in his hotel room he must not have been in, say, Europe)
“It’s OK. We can definitely be more dominant,” he said. “But that’s the beauty of preseason. That’s the beauty of practice.
“I just want to make sure we come out there this Friday and we put on that dominant performance that we are used to seeing, that the fans are used to seeing. We want the first defense to go out there and get a turnover, get some big stops.
“So it will definitely come in time.”