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LB Bobby Wagner will start for Seahawks Thursday at 49ers; RB Fred Jackson will play after addressing team about crash

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) takes the field during the Monday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 5.
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) takes the field during the Monday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 5. Staff photographer

At 2-4 it doesn’t look like it, but Seahawks are fortunate -- in more ways than one.

Coach Pete Carroll said following practice Wednesday that his team will have All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner back anchoring what’s been a scattered, miscommunicating defense Thursday when it faces Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers in Santa Clara. Wagner missed last week’s loss to Carolina with a strained pectoral muscle.

Carroll also said Seattle is fortunate to have re-signed veteran center Lemuel Jeanpierre on Tuesday because starter Patrick Lewis will not play at San Francisco. Drew Nowak, who had made his first five NFL starts before Lewis replaced him last week against Carolina, returns to the lineup by default.

Most of all, the Seahawks are fortunate no one was injured in another car crash involving one of its veteran players.

Carroll said Fred Jackson addressed his teammates Wednesday “and did a good job addressing it and owning up to it” a day after the 34-year-old running back crashed his 2016 Corvette through a stop sign just outside team headquarters here and Renton. The impact into the sign’s pole carried it a couple dozen feet across Lake Washington Boulevard, which is often a busy street at the time of this accident: just before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Renton Police Department Commander David Leibman said Wednesday Jackson received a citation for inattentive driving and fined $175.

“Fred lost control of his car, and he was ticketed for that,” Carroll said.

Asked if he was confident no other Seahawks players were involved in the incident Carroll said, “Yes. Absolutely.”

“We are very fortunate nobody was hurt, and we’re lucky in that regard.”

Jackson did not sustained any injuries in the crash. He practiced today and will play Thursday.

Carroll said he is “disappointed” Jackson’s incident came six days after fullback Derrick Coleman was arrested and spent a day and a half in jail on investigation of felony charges for vehicular assault and hit-and-run. Coleman’s crash of his Dodge Ram pickup into a Honda Civic from behind in Bellevue sent the Honda upside down onto a retaining wall and its driver to the hospital for what that city’s police chief said was “serious but not life-threatening injuries.” The King County prosecutor’s office is deciding whether to charge Coleman and is waiting for the return of toxicology tests.

The Seahawks lifted Coleman’s suspension this week but team doctors found he has a concussion from his crash. He won’t play at San Francisco, so former 49er Will Tukuafu will make his second straight start at fullback.

“We talked about that today to the whole group,” Carroll said. “How that happened in such a short time, I don’t know. Everybody was -- and Fred talked to the team as well -- just to give everybody the heads-up so we make sure that we are doing the right thing and not making any more mistakes.”

▪ Carroll said All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman will start against the 49ers. Sherman missed practices this week because “he had a little thing in his ankle that he had to get a break on.”

▪ Defensive end Frank Clark and reserve cornerback Tye Smith will play after missing last weekend’s loss to Carolina.

▪ Carroll said the team will activate second-year wide receiver Paul Richardson off the physically-unable-to-perform list next week before the game at Dallas Nov. 1. Richardson tore knee ligaments in January. He could have returned to practice this week but the coach said that wouldn’t have made much sense with the short week between games.

▪ Carroll thinks Lewis has a good chance be return to start at center against Dallas.

▪ Carroll said rookie defensive end Frank Clark and rookie cornerback Tye Smith will play at San Francisco after missing last weekend with injuries. Nickel back Marcus Burley will not play while recovering from surgery to repair his broken thumb. Carroll think Burley will be able to play at Dallas.

▪ Reserve linebacker and special-teams player Brock Coyle had knee surgery on Tuesday. The team put him on its injured-reserve list with a designation to return. Each NFL team gets one use of that list per season. It means Coyle could return to practice in six weeks and games in eight weeks, which for Coyle would be Seattle’s home game Dec. 20 against Cleveland, the third-to-last game of the regular season.