While the Seattle Seahawks were losing at Chicago to move to 0-2 on Monday night, middle linebacker Bobby Wagner sat helpless at home nursing a groin injury.
“I watched the game from home," he told reporters today. "It sucked to sit there and watch the team play and not be able to do anything. But, you use the time wisely to try to get better, so I’ll be ready for this week.”
The Seahawks' defense played solid football without Wagner - and once again minus outside linebacker K.J. Wright, who missed his second game with a knee injury - but certainly will need him against Dallas on Sunday. Seattle is in desperation mode and can't afford to fall to 0-3 if it is to maintain any realistic shot at making the playoffs.
Also expected to return to the lineup are cornerback Tre Flowers and right guard D.J. Fluker (hamstring). Wright is not likely to play. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) is certainly out. The status of center Justin Britt (shoulder) and left guard Ethan Pocic (ankle) remain in doubt.
Filling in for Wagner at Chicago was Austin Calitro, who had a solid game. But he is no Wagner.
Wagner said he found himself getting into the game, only the second he has missed in four seasons.
“I’m definitely a guy that yells at the T.V.," he said. "You call out plays and think that they’re going to hear you say what you called out.”
Wagner injured his groin early in the second quarter two games ago in Denver.
"I didn’t think it was anything serious until after the game and got it checked out," he said.
Now healthy, Wagner is ready to help his team get a much needed victory.
"I look at it as we’re coming back home, (and) you want to win every game at home," he said. "This is our first opportunity to be at home and give our crowd something to cheer for. We’re going to come out, we’re going to do our thing, I’m not worried about it."