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Seahawks 'hoping' Bobby Wagner returns for 49ers game

Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner sat out Sunday’s game against the Panthers with a strained pectoral, but the team is hopeful he’ll make it back for Thursday’s matchup against the 49ers.

"He could have gone out there, but it wasn’t the right thing to do," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll during his weekly appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle. "We did the right thing by holding him out, and he was resistant to that, but he knew. He knew that was right. So we’re hoping that in these next couple days, he’ll be ready, that that would make the difference. If he had played, [there] almost would have been no chance of playing on Thursday."

K.J. Wright replaced Wagner, moving from the weak side to the middle, and played 100 percent of the team's defensive snaps. Wright finished with a team-high 12 tackles.

Kevin Pierre-Louis started at the weak-side spot and played 69 of 73 defensive snaps, finishing with 11 tackles.

The Panthers ran the ball 33 times for 135 yards (4.1 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.