The Seahawks will apparently shuffle their linebackers around this weekend with Brock Coyle apparently getting the start at middle linebacker with K.J. Wright moving back to weakside.
Coach Pete Carroll didn’t mention this during his press conference — and also wasn’t asked about it — but the agency of Brock Coyle Tweeted this last night. Wright was asked about it in the locker room but was coy about it but reportedly said it during an interview with KJR-AM 950. Seattle is without starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who is out at least one more week with a toe injury suffered in the Dallas game.
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It’ll mark a pretty meteoric rise for Coyle, who made the roster as an undrafted free agent from Montana. Coyle has played in every game this season, and has seen action at linebacker in three, making one tackle against the Cowboys when he stepped in for a few plays with Wagner out.
Wright started the last two games in the middle, moving over from his usual spot on the weakside. But looks like he will back to the weakside now.
The Seahawks also announced today that Will Tukuafu to play fullback and promoted L.J. Fort from the practice squad to play linebacker. Tukuafu, who played in college at Oregon, spent the past four years with the 49ers playing both defensive end and fullback. He initially signed with Seattle in June, 2010 and was released before the regular season and then ended up with the 49ers. Fort was tried last week at fullback but is moving back to linebacker to add depth with Smith’s status for this week up in the air after suffering a groin strain against the Panthers Sunday.
Fort said middle linebacker is his usual position so the assumption is he will add depth there this week behind Coyle.
Carroll again praised the play of Pierre-Louis and he could play at WLB, as well.
As for some other personnel updates:
— Carroll said Zach Miller is also out this week, as well.
— Carroll said Max Unger and Byron Maxwell will practice to some degree this week and could return for Sunday.
— Bryan Walters will practice today and is expected back Sunday.
— Jeron Johnson still has to go through the concussion protocol.
— James Carpenter went through the walk-through and should be fine.
— Seattle also has added tight end Keavon Milton to the practice squad. Milton played eight games for the Browns last season. This appears to give Seattle nine players on its practice squad. Guess here is Seahawks will bring back Phil Bates to fill out the practice squad. UPDATE — ESPN 710 reporting Bates is headed to Cleveland, so he won’t be returning to Seattle for now. Seahawks still with an opening on their practice squad.
I’ll pass along more complete notes and quotes later.
Here is some video of Carroll’s presser today: