Seahawk linebacker K.J. Wright was back on the field Wednesday in a limited fashion, his first action of any kind since breaking his foot against the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 8. He hoped to do more on Thursday in attempting to show the coaches he is ready to play in the NFC Championship game Sunday against the same 49ers.
“I feel fine,” Wright said prior to practice Thursday in what were his first comments to the media since being injured. “I’m still day-to-day. I’m just trying to get back and get the rust off me and get back out there moving on the football field. So just go out there prove to them I can move around good and be able to play come Sunday.”
Wright was injured in the second quarter on what he said was a fluke play.
“Just a freak injury,” he said. “I was running, the ball was thrown behind me and I just tried to turn around and run to the ball and it pretty much just snapped on me — just gave out. That’s how they say all of them happen — don’t nobody touch you, it just breaks pretty much.”
As captured on the TV broadcast, Wright was visibly frustrated at hearing the news, throwing his helmet to the ground and walking off the field in obvious anger.
Asked about that today, Wright said he was so upset “because I heard it. I heard the bone break and I was like ‘damn.’ I tried to go back in (the game) and talk to them to give me some Toradol (a painkiller) but they wouldn’t do it, so I got mad.”
Wright said he initially figured his season was over.
“Well yeah, when you have a broken bone, that’s like ‘damn, that’s going to take a while.’ But luckily they said 4-6 weeks and I’m trying to beat the timetable and make it happen in five.”
Wright, who started the first 13 games at weakside and middle linebacker (filling in for two games for the injured Bobby Wagner) and made 80 tackles, said sitting out “was real t0ugh. But the guys supported me the whole say and Malcolm (Smith) has played really well for the time I was gone, so everything’s worked out.”
Wright said he was able to keep up on the gameplans during his time way, but only in the last week or so has been able to do much running.
Asked the challenge in making it back this week, Wright said: “I can say I lost a lot of conditioning not being able to run out there. And just adjusting to playing linebacker again. I’ve got to adjust and get back to football again and be able to drop and make tackles so just doing it all over again and get back in the groove.”