Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner will be a game-time decision for the team’s Week 6 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Even though the Seahawks have linebackers capable of filling in for the second-year player, Wagner’s presence on the gridiron is imperative for the defense to be overpowering.
Wagner suffered a high-ankle sprain in Seattle’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5. He was forced to come out of the game but did return to help the team attempt a comeback. Unfortunately, his return in the defeat could be what costs him to miss the entire game against Tennessee.
The Titans are playing good football this season. Even with quarterback Jake Locker out with a hip injury, Tennessee is still a legitimate concern. Ryan Fitzpatrick is more than capable of completing passes to wide receivers running routes across the middle of the field. Not to mention, Chris Johnson is on the verge of having a big game.
The Seahawks have done a decent job of stopping the run this season in which they have held opponents to just 109 yards per contest. With that being said, Wagner has been a huge part of that success. In fact, he is second on the team in total tackles (34). I fear that without Wagner in the middle, Johnson could be able to rack up the yardage in the open field.
The good news is head coach Pete Carroll does not appear to be too worried about the possibility of missing Wagner for a game. He believes that outside linebacker K.J. Wright is more than capable of sliding over, while other linebackers are prepared to fill in.
“We’re pretty well schooled,” Carroll said, according to Seahawks.com. “So we shouldn’t drop off much.”
Nonetheless, I have to imagine everyone would agree it would be way more comfortable if Wagner suited up.