Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner will miss Week 18 with knee sprains, per report
If the 2021 season ends up being Bobby Wagner’s last in a Seahawks uniform, it appears he’s already played his final game with the team.
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Wagner, who suffered a knee injury on the first defensive play of Seattle’s 51-29 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday and missed the rest of the game, has sprains to both his MCL and PCL and will miss the team’s season finale next Sunday at Arizona, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday morning.
#Seahawks Pro Bowl LB Bobby Wagner suffered sprains to the MCL and PCL in his knee on Sunday, source said. Minor injuries that should heal on their own. Wagner won’t play in Week 18, but no issues going forward.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2022
Though the injuries are minor, according to Rapoport, they’re enough to keep Wagner out of action for the final week of the season.
The 31-year-old Wagner is a possible salary cap casualty for the Seahawks in the offseason. He is set to count $20.35 million against Seattle’s cap in 2022, and big roster changes could be coming with the 6-10 Seahawks set to finish with their worst record since Wagner was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Wagner acknowledged the uncertainty about his future in his weekly press conference last Wednesday, which came ahead of Seattle’s home finale at Lumen Field for the season.
“You think about it,” he said. “You think about what the next year looks like and what the future holds because this was a season that I don’t think we all planned for. We didn’t plan for the season to go this way, so obviously there’s going to be some changes and whether or not I’m part of those changes, I don’t know.”
Wagner was just named to his eighth straight Pro Bowl, and he’s a candidate to be named a first-team All-Pro for the seventh time and sixth season in a row. He led the NFL in combined tackles heading into Week 17 but now ranks second with 170 (behind Atlanta linebacker Foyesade Oluokun’s 179) after missing all but one play Sunday. A two-time league leader in tackles, Wagner’s 170 this season are both a career high and Seahawks franchise record.
The Seahawks will finish up the season with a 1:25 p.m. game next Sunday against the 11-5 Cardinals in Arizona. Coverage of the game will be carried live on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM beginning with the pregame show at 10 a.m.
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