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K.J. Wright | Linebacker

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 246
College: Mississippi State
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Seahawks signed WLB K.J. Wright to a four-year, $27 million contract extension through 2018.
The No. 99 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Wright was headed to the open market. Excellent in coverage and solid against the run, Wright has been an every-down player this season, racking up 96 tackles and two sacks. The Seahawks love his length at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds. Seattle has done an excellent job of locking up the core of its 2013 championship team. Wright is only 25. Dec 18 - 3:12 PM

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Seahawks LBs coach Ken Norton expects WLB K.J. Wright to "have a huge, breakout season."

"He's my best cover guy and my best tackler," Norton said. "He does it all, and he can play everywhere. This kid is amazing." At 6'4/250, Wright has tremendous size and a lanky frame to match up well with tight ends. He started 14 games last season and was a top-five cover linebacker at Pro Football Focus. He missed some time with a broken foot at the end of the year but is 100 percent.
Aug 12 - 12:06 PM

Seahawks LB K.J. Wright (foot) expects to be "100 percent" for the Super Bowl, and to be back at weak-side linebacker.

Sidelined since Week 14, Wright returned for the NFC Championship Game, but played just 16-of-57 snaps. He played on the strong-side because it "required less running." It's unclear if he'll start against the Broncos, but fill-in Malcolm Smith should continue to have a role.
Jan 23 - 5:21 PM

Seahawks SLB K.J. Wright returned from his foot injury to play 16 snaps in Sunday's NFC Championship game win over San Francisco.

Wright recorded a quarterback hurry and was officially credited with a pair of tackles. Look for Wright to resume full-time duties in Super Bowl 48, frequently taking on Julius Thomas in coverage. 24-year-old Wright is fairly pedestrian in run defense, but pass coverage is his specialty.
Jan 20 - 1:35 PM

Seahawks SLB K.J. Wright (probable, foot) will play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Coach Pete Carroll wouldn't say whether Wright will start, but he made it through a full week of practice and is expected to play "without limitations." A near every-down player before going down, Wright's return will allow the Seahawks to reduce Malcolm Smith's snaps. Wright will be playing in just his first game action since Week 14.
Jan 17 - 4:18 PM

Seahawks SLB K.J. Wright (foot surgery) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Wright returned to practice on Wednesday and coach Pete Carroll said there's a "chance" he'll be available for the NFC Championship Game. He was an every-down player before going down and would allow the Seahawks to reduce Malcolm Smith's playing time. Wright hasn't played since December 8 and will likely be on a snap count if active against the 49ers.
Jan 16 - 7:03 PM

Seahawks SLB K.J. Wright (foot surgery) returned to practice on Wednesday.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that there's a "chance" Wright returns for the NFC Championship Game, but what he's able to do Wednesday and Thursday will be all important. Wright hasn't played since December 8. Wright was a near every-down player before going down, but he'd almost certainly be on a snap count against the 49ers.
Jan 15 - 3:43 PM

According to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, there's a "chance" SLB K.J. Wright (foot surgery) is active for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

"We’re going to take a look at him on Wednesday," coach Pete Carroll said Monday. "He ran well (Monday) and over the weekend. ... He has a chance. We’re excited about that for him." It's been widely presumed that Wright wouldn't be ready to return before a theoretical Super Bowl appearance, so even if he can gain clearance to face the 49ers, he'd almost certainly be on a snap count after missing over a month of action. Of course, even a limited Wright would be a big boost as the 49ers and Seahawks fight for the right to advance to New York.
Jan 14 - 10:58 PM

Seahawks SLB K.J. Wright (foot surgery) will resume running on Thursday, but has been ruled out for the Divisional Round.

Wright is barely a month removed from going down in Week 14, and isn't expected to return before a hypothetical Super Bowl appearance. Even then, he'd be less than 50-50 to suit up. Wright graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 13 4-3 outside linebacker this season.
Jan 7 - 5:09 PM

Seahawks SLB K.J. Wright (foot surgery) is "on schedule, if not ahead" in his rehab.

The word comes via coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks have opted not to place Wright on injured reserve, but short of a Seahawks berth in the Super Bowl, he's not expected to see the field again this season.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 05:03:00 PM

Seahawks declared SLB K.J. Wright, WR Percy Harvin, CB Brandon Browner, RB Christine Michael, OT Michael Bowie, OT Caylin Hauptmann and DE Benson Mayowa inactive for Week 15 against the Giants.

An impact run defender, Wright will miss the rest of the regular season. It's good news for Andre Brown and the Giants' running attack.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 11:46:00 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that SLB K.J. Wright will require surgery on his broken foot.

It's a big injury for the Seahawks, as Wright is an impact run defender who's amassed 80 tackles and 1.5 sacks through 13 starts. Wright is capable of playing both strong-side and middle linebacker. Seattle will have to dive into its linebacker depth, which isn't great. Wright will miss "around" six weeks. Perhaps the Seahawks will keep him off I.R. in hopes of a Super Bowl return.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 01:16:00 PM

Seahawks SLB K.J. Wright has been diagnosed with a broken foot, and will be sidelined "around" six weeks.

The timeline means Wright will be unlikely to return during the postseason. Coach Pete Carroll made the disclosure in his post-game press conference. It's a major blow for the Seahawks, as Wright is an every-down player in the midst of a fine season. Malcolm Smith should take his place in the starting lineup.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 08:10:00 PM

Seahawks SLB K.J. Wright was forced from Sunday's game against the 49ers with a foot injury, and will not return.

Wright appeared extremely upset on the sideline after being told he would not return, but it's unclear how serious his injury might be. Wright has graded out as the No. 10 4-3 outside linebacker in Pro Football Focus' ratings this season.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 06:21:00 PM

The Seahawks have flip-flopped outside linebackers, moving K.J. Wright to the weak side with Malcolm Smith at SAM.

Wright is an established stud, racking up 98 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble last year as an every-down linebacker. He'll remain a three-down player in 2013 and have to fight through less "trash" on the weak side. Smith is a new starter, replacing Leroy Hill. He'll probably leave the field in nickel packages.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 02:08:00 PM

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