Pectoral strain could sideline Seahawks’ Wagner against Panthers

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was hurt late in Sunday's loss at Cincinnati.
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Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner suffered a pectoral strain in Sunday’s loss at Cincinnati, leaving his playing status up in the air for next weekend.

Per the Seattle Times, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he doesn’t expect it to be a long-term injury for Wagner, who could be sidelined "a couple of weeks if it doesn’t respond. But he might be able to play this week so we’ll wait and see."

Wagner, who has registered 41 tackles in five games, was hurt late in the fourth quarter but missed only two snaps before returning to finish out the contest.

Seattle will be without defensive tackle Jordan Hill for "a couple of weeks," Carroll said, due to a quadriceps strain. Carroll is hopeful that defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs will return after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury.

"We have a few options but we don’t like getting much thinner than this," Carroll said. “It’s pretty thin if he (Dobbs) can’t go again."

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