SEATTLE Bobby Wagner passed his first test Sunday--before he and his team’s biggest one this season.
The Seahawks announced Sunday 90 minutes before kickoff of their biggest regular-season game in years that their All-Pro middle linebacker was active and will play despite a strained hamstring that kept him from practicing all week.
Pro Bowl outside linebacker K.J. Wright was inactive against the Los Angeles Rams, out for the first time in four years. He is still recovering from a concussion he got seven days earlier at Jacksonville.
Wagner, whom the Seahawks had listed as questionable to play, tested the hamstring with a workout on the field about two hours before kickoff of what amounted to the NFC West championship game against the first-place Rams. Then he met in the middle of the field with team doctor Edward Khalfayan and five members of the Seahawks’ medical staff.
Wagner re-injured his hamstring that had kept him from practicing for a month last weekend early in the second half of Seattle’s 30-24 loss at Jacksonville. The Jaguars scored 27 of their points in the one-plus quarters after Wagner went out, replaced by Michael Wilhoite.
Wright got the concussion later in the third quarter at Jacksonville taking on a lead blocker head to head. He did not practice all week and remained in the league’s concussion protocol into the weekend.
Usual special-teams player Terence Garvin practiced for Wright at weakside linebacker this past week and was poised to start Sunday.
Rookie defensive tackle Nazair Jones missed his third consecutive game with a badly sprained ankle, and running back Thomas Rawls’ fall all the way out of Seattle’s plans continued with another game inactive.