No Bobby Wagner against the Cardinals

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The Seattle Seahawks play their final game of the 2021 season against the Cardinals on Sunday. Among the players missing for Seattle will be linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Wagner made the Pro Bowl eight straight seasons and was All-Pro for six of those years. He’s only missed two games in the last seven seasons, so missing a game is a big deal. But he will definitely be eliminated against Arizona.

Cody Barton will start in his place and this is a great opportunity for Barton. While Wagner is still a beast when it comes to tackles, he has made fewer impact plays this year. Wagner had his fewest tackles for loss since 2015 (3), his fewest quarterback hits (3) and had just one sack.

One of the biggest questions in the upcoming offseason is whether Seattle will keep Wagner on the roster next year at his current salary. Wagner is expected to make $20.350 million next year and the Seahawks would save $16.6 million if they release him. Hopefully Wagner will simply restructure his deal, but if not, the 12 could get a glimpse of Seattle’s near future with Jordyn Brooks and Cody Barton at linebacker.

Seahawks will be without Bobby Wagner in Week 18 against Cardinals

Besides Wagner, Seattle will be permanently without cornerback John Reid and right tackle Brandon Shell due to injuries.

Still on Seattle’s reserve/COVID-19 roster, however, are safety Ryan Neal, defensive tackle Al Woods and defensive end Alton Robinson. The fact that Neal is likely out means whoever plays safety for the Seahawks will be someone the 12 aren’t used to seeing. Security could be a huge issue for Seattle facing Kyler Murray and the cardinals.

Left guard Damien Lewis and cornerback Sidney Jones IV have been activated from the COVID roster.

The Seahawks have three players listed as questionable: tight end Will Dissly, right guard Gabe Jackson and defensive end Carlos Dunlap.

For the Cardinals, they won’t have running back Chase Edmonds (who has rushed for 592 yards this season), wide receiver Rondale Moore, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips and cornerback Marco Wilson. RB James Connor, LB Dennis Gardeck, TE Demetrius Harris and DE Zach Allen are listed as questionable.

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