Bobby Wagner Injury: Updates on Seahawks LB's Toe and Return

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 15, 2014

Seattle Seahawks linebacker (54) Bobby Wagner on the field before a game against the San Diego Chargers played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/John Cordes)
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Updates from Friday, Nov. 21

The Seahawks announced Wagner will play on Sunday:

Updates from Thursday, Nov. 20

Bobby Wagner's practice status for Thursday was confirmed by Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR:

Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 19

Pete Carroll had glowing reviews for Bobby Wagner today at practice according to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune:

Updates from Monday, Nov. 17

Gregg Bell of The News Tribune passed along an update on Bobby Wagner from Pete Carroll:

Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 12

Bobby Wagner's status for Sunday against the Chiefs has already been decided according to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune:

Updates from Monday, Nov. 10

Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN in Seattle reported the latest on Bobby Wagner's recovery:

Updates from Monday, Oct. 27

Gregg Bell of The News Tribune passed along comments from Pete Carroll on Bobby Wagner:

Updates from Friday, Oct. 24

Pete Carroll spoke about Bobby Wagner's status for Week 8, via the Seahawks:

Updates from Sunday, Oct. 19

As expected, the Seahawks announced Bobby Wagner will not play in Week 7:

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 15 

Seahawks.com's Troy Drovetto provides an update on Bobby Wagner's injury:

Linebacker Bobby Wagner, who injured his toe in this past Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, is "really sore" and will likely be out a few weeks. "It looks like it's going to be a while," said Carroll, who noted the injury would not require surgery.

 

Original Text: 

The Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl defense is banged up through five games of the 2014 NFL season, and will be without one of its underrated leaders for the foreseeable future.   

Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner suffered a turf toe injury in the second quarter of Week 6's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Now Seattle will miss him for multiple games. The team's official Twitter account reported the news, along with how coach Pete Carroll plans to adjust:

As much deserved publicity as the Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" secondary garners, it is Wagner who commands the front seven, makes the checks and calls and plays tactical chess with the opposing quarterback.

Wagner did that well against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the most recent Super Bowl, which Seattle won 43-8. Like many of his teammates, the young stud wasn't afraid to sound off on the dominant performance.

"They looked scared out there. Nobody wanted to catch the ball," said Wagner in an ESPN First Take interview in July, per ESPN.com's Terry Blount. "Nobody wanted to come up the middle."

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports is a Wagner fan:

One of the gems of the 2012 draft class that also featured Seattle QB Russell Wilson, Wagner was selected 47th overall in the second round that year. He was an immediate starter and has already racked up 50 combined tackles in 2014.

Replacing Wagner will be a tall task. K.J. Wright figures to fill in at middle linebacker. Wright can do a lot of the things Wagner can from a football IQ standpoint, but he doesn't have the same incredible speed Wagner is gifted with.

It will be interesting to see how Seattle adjusts. Its next three games include a trip to St. Louis and a home matchup with Oakland, who have a combined one win. Sandwiched in between is a road contest against Carolina, though.

After a 3-2 start and amid a competitive NFC West division, the Seahawks must take care of business in the next few weeks to ensure that they stay in the thick of the postseason picture.

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