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SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks have ruled out All-Pro center-back Bobby Wagner for their season finale Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Wagner did not train this week due to the knee sprain he suffered in the first game of Seattle’s blowout victory over the Detroit Lions last week.
“He has a swelling and it just did not loosen enough,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He has a tight knee so he can not do it. If he could, if there was any way, he would. He can not.”
Last week, Wagner acknowledged his uncertain future in Seattle, and answered in the affirmative when asked if he has wondered if he will stay with the team in 2022, given his huge cap figure of $ 20.35 million. His tune was different on Wednesday when he said he has “a lot of optimism” that he will be back.
Carroll was asked on Friday if he has the same optimism.
“I would love Bobby to play here forever,” Carroll said. “He’s been as solid as you could ever wish for a player, and we’ve grown up a bit like the Seahawks together here in this program over the years, and I would love that he was here. I can not see why we would. think something else. “
Wagner is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and has this season made a strong case for being named First Team All-Pro for the seventh time. He led the NFL in tackles with 170 – breaking his own franchise record – and had not missed a moment this season before hurting his knee last week.
Wagner, 31, also holds the Seahawks’ tackle record of all time.
He could earn up to $ 16.6 million in 2022, the final year of the $ 54 million three-year extension he negotiated until 2019. None of those $ 16.6 million is guaranteed.
Speaking last week about his uncertain future, Wagner said there will “naturally” be changes in the heels of a declining Seahawks season that no one saw coming. They have suffered double-digit losses for the first time since 2009. Wagner added that he does not know if he will be a part of these changes.
Cody Barton will start at midfield linebacker Sunday in his absence.
The Seahawks also ruled out right tackle Brandon Shell (shoulder) and cornerback John Reid (concussion). Tight end Will Dissly (heel), right guard Gabe Jackson (knee) and defensive end Carlos Dunlap (ankle) are listed as questionable.
Carroll said the team has had to steer Jackson’s knees in training all season and that it is “a little bit worse than it has been.” He and Dissly will be making decisions on game day, according to Carroll.
He said defensive end Alton Robinson should be activated from the COVID-19 list on Saturday.