K.J. Wright doubtful, Bobby Wagner questionable for Rams showdown

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K.J. WrightRich Graessle/Icon SportswireK.J. Wright suffered a concussion in last week's loss at Jacksonville and has not practiced this week.

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks could be without both of their Pro Bowl linebackers in their most important game of the season.

K.J. Wright is listed as doubtful for Sunday's NFC West showdown against the Los Angeles Rams because of a concussion while Bobby Wagner is questionable with a hamstring injury.

Both players were injured in the second half of last week's loss at Jacksonville. Neither practiced this week. That's a particularly bad sign for Wright, given how the NFL's concussion protocol requires players to gradually return to practice before they can be cleared to resume playing.

Coach Pete Carroll was asked if there's still time for Wright to make it back for Sunday's game, given that he has yet to practice in any capacity.

"I don't know," Carroll said. "It's up to the doctors. We really don't have any say in that at all."

Wagner has played his way into the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year despite an ailing hamstring that he reinjured against Jacksonville. Wagner had hardly practiced over the past few weeks to rest the hamstring, so the fact that he didn't practice this week isn't necessarily telling.

"He did some good stuff today in rehab," Carroll said Friday. "He'll run tomorrow and we'll take it to game time."


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Asked today about Michael Bennett not being fined for his actions at the end of Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, Pete Carroll joked that not everyone was as fortunate. Carroll was fined $10,000 for running onto the field during the second of two scuffles. V

Phelan M. Ebenhack/APThe Jaguars and Seahawks scuffled on consecutive plays as Jacksonville was in victory formation and Seattle's defensive linemen continued to fire off the ball.

The NFL has fined Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and two Jacksonville Jaguars assistants $10,000 apiece for improperly entering the field during their Week 14 games.

Michael Bennett was not fined after receiving a penalty for unnecessary roughness in the game against the Jaguars.

Payton was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after yelling at officials on the field during the Saints' loss to Atlanta last Thursday. He did not receive further discipline for critical comments he made to the media about the officiating in that game.

Carroll's fine and that of the two Jaguars assistants -- offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell -- stem from a heated ending to Jacksonville's 30-24 win over Seattle on Sunday. The two teams scuffled on consecutive plays as the Jaguars were in victory formation and Seattle's defensive linemen continued to fire off the ball.

Carroll ran onto the field after the second scuffle in what he said was an attempt to rein in his players. He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. McCardell and Flaherty also came onto the field at the same time to pull back Jaguars players.


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Quinton JeffersonAP Photo/Stephen B. MortonQuinton Jefferson attempted to climb into the stands after fans had thrown drinks at him as he was leaving the field following his ejection Sunday.

RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson called the sideline incident involving fans at Jacksonville's EverBank Field on Sunday "unfortunate" and said he wished it hadn't escalated to the level it did.

Jefferson attempted to climb into the stands after fans had thrown drinks at him as he was leaving the field following his ejection in the closing seconds of Seattle's 30-24 loss to the Jaguars.

Jefferson said Wednesday that he doesn't recall hearing a racial slur yelled at him, which was alleged by teammate Jarran Reed on Twitter on Sunday night. Jefferson said one fan made a vile comment about his mother.

Reed, who was on the field during the sideline incident, reaffirmed to The Seattle Times on Wednesday that he heard a fan yelling a racial slur at Jefferson.

"I honestly don't know," Jefferson said when asked about the alleged slur. "There was a lot of people saying a lot of stuff, so I really didn't tune into anything in particular. There was really only one thing I tuned into in particular. Somebody said they was going to have sex with my mother. That's the only thing I really can really remember. There was a lot of yelling."

The sideline incident occurred during an ugly ending to Sunday's game.


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