Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner won’t require offseason surgery
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner announced that he will not be playing in this year’s Pro Bowl in order to get an early start on the recovery process for an unspecified injury. It has since been revealed that he was dealing with knee and ankle injuries following the 2019 NFL season.
Although Wagner will be unable to make the trip to Orlando, head coach Pete Carroll says he will not need any type of surgery this offseason, via NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz:
“He’s OK,” Carroll said. “He had something really he didn’t even know he had. Found it in the exit interviews that he has a little problem with his knee. He’s just going to rest up. He doesn’t have to do anything for it, but he needs to miss this game.”
This is certainly an encouraging update considering the Seahawks had not disclosed much about Wagner’s injury. Fortunately, Carroll has not deemed it to be too severe. However, he will need to miss out on his sixth trip to the Pro Bowl in order to prevent any further aggravation of the injury.
Wagner one again solidified his status as the NFL’s premier middle linebacker by finishing the 2019 campaign with a league-leading 159 tackles, six passes defended, three sacks, and a forced fumble. While he may not be able to represent the Seahawks in this year’s festivities, fans can take solace in the fact that he has since been replaced by cornerback Shaquill Griffin while the rest of the coaching staff prepares to lead the NFC.