K.J. Wright may play on Sunday in NFC Championship


Sep 15, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) celebrates after recovering a fumble against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

K.J. Wright, who broke a bone in his foot on Dec. 8 in San Francisco, may play on Sunday in the NFC Championship game, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

Carroll said there is a “chance” Wright will be on the field Sunday, via Terry Blount at ESPN.com:

"“He has a chance,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday. “He ran well [Monday]. We’ll take a look at him Wednesday [in practice] and see where he’s at. But he definitely has a chance to play. We’ll have to wait and see.”"

Wright has been recovering from foot surgery that repaired a broken bone in his foot, suffered in a Week 14 loss to the 49ers on Dec. 8.

Before the injury, Wright had been having an outstanding season, recording 80 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

In two games against the 49ers this season, Wright had nine tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

An excellent coverage linebacker, Wright was responsible for limiting big tight ends — such as San Francisco’s Vernon Davis and New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham — in big games. In Week 2, he helped limit Davis to three catches for 20 yards and in Week 13, he helped limit Graham to three catches for 42 yards, though Graham scored a touchdown.

His presence was missed on the defense and his return would be a big positive for the Seahawks, who are trying to get to their second Super Bowl in franchise history.

In his three-year career, all with the Seahawks, Wright has played in 44 games and recorded 243 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and an interception.

His status is currently listed as questionable, but there is still plenty of time for that status to get upgraded.