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The Swartz Report From VMAC – August 27, 2013

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Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner says he is ready for the real season and a bigger leadership role.   The 49ers won 13-6.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner says he is ready for the real season and a bigger leadership role. The 49ers won 13-6. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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A pair of 5th round draft picks most likely won’t play a down for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013 season. Monday the team placed defensive lineman Jesse Williams on injured reserve.  The big Aussie could not overcome his knee issues.

Today, LSU cornerback Tharold Simon was among three players put on Seattle’s reserve/physically unable to perform list.  Simon coped with a foot injury during his senior year in college.  The same problem surfaced when he arrived in Renton to compete for a back up job in an very deep secondary.

As expected receiver/return man Percy Harvin is also on the Seahawks (pup) list as he recovers from hip surgery.  The team hopes he could be ready to play the last month of the season.  Defensive end Greg Scruggs is also on reserve/pup list as he recovers from a torn right acl.

The Hawks reached the mandated 75-man roster limit by assigning linebacker Korey Toomer to the reserve/non-football injury list.

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Linebacker Bobby Wagner shined during the Tuesday practice with an interception.  The second year man from Utah State told me he is more comfortable with his role as leader of one of the best defenses in pro football.

“I feel I can speak up a little bit more because last year I was the rookie.  This year I have a little bit more experience under my belt, so I’m definitely looking forward to that,” shared Wagner.

Wagner is coming off a solid first season where he accounted for 85 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions.  Playing middle linebacker in the Pete Carroll system means organizing your teammates in the right gaps just before the ball is snapped.

“At the end of the day we have a lot of “ballers” at linebacker.  I’m just trying to put them in the right position so they can be successful and make plays. I think was have one of the top athletes on the team, so we’re good.”

On a Seattle team where Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas III and the secondary get most of the defensive accolades, Bobby Wagner and his linebacker friends are eager to show they are equally important and worthy of praise in the 2013 season.

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Not practicing Tuesday were defensive tackle Brandon Mebane with an undisclosed injury.  Receiver Sidney Rice continued to rest his knee.  Deep threat Stephen Williams also observed the team drills.  Rookie defensive lineman Jordan Hill continues to deal with a strained bicep.

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Miami Heat basketball coach Eric Spoelstra observed the Seahawks practice in Renton.  Spoelstra played high school and college sports in Portland, Oregon and still has family and friends in the Pacific Northwest. Quarterback Russell Wilson said Spoelstra was also willing to talk about the ingredients it takes to build a championship team like the Miami Heat.  Naturally it helps to have the best player in the game, Lebron James.

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The Seahawks have a light walk-through practice Wednesday, then host the Oakland Raiders Thursday night in the final preseason game.

-Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan

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