VMAC Report 1/17/2014: Harvin Out, Wright In
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It was mixed injury news following the Seahawks final full practice prior to their Sunday NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Receiver/return man Percy Harvin will not play because he could not pass the NFL’s mandated concussion protocol. Quarterback Russell Wilson expressed the sentiments of the team during his Friday press conference at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
“Obviously we miss Percy Harvin a lot, and we missed him all year. He’s a tremendous football player who knows how to play the game. He’s so physical and so fast, ” said Wilson. ”His health comes first. We have a lot of great players, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Golden Tate who will be making a lot of plays.”
The positive news regards starting outside linebacker K.J. Wright, who missed five weeks recovering from a cracked foot bone. Coach Carroll said Wright will play with no limitations in Sunday’s contest.
Wright shared these thoughts with me as he was on his way to the airport to pick up family.
“I had the faith and worked hard the entire time, and trusted the process when the doctor said I could be back in a certain time. So I just made it happen.”
While Malcolm Smith has played great football, Wright’s knowledge of the defense and his 6-foot-4 inch frame gives Seattle’s defense another dimension against the 49ers offense, especially when it comes to containing running back Frank Gore.
“He’s a down hill runner. We know if he sees a crease he’s going to hit it and slip through. We know we have to get low just like he gets low, and wrap up those legs.”
Gore broke off a lengthy run to set up the 49ers game-winning field goal in the team’s last meeting December 8th at San Francisco.
Other than Harvin, both teams are extremely healthy going into this battle for a trip to the Superbowl. Wright and running back Marshawn Lynch are both listed as probable. Lynch sat out Wednesday for a non injury related reason.
Defensive tackle Jordan Hill is on the questionable list with a groin injury.
Just two 49ers are listed as questionable; cornerback Carlos Rogers ( hamstring), and running back Will Tukuafu (knee)
kickoff is 3:30 PT Sunday with the game on Fox television. Joe Buck handles play-by-play, with Troy Aikman offering commentary and Pam Oliver on the sidelines.
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