Tight end Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by outside linebacker K.J. Wright #50 and defensive tackle Tony McDaniel #99 of the Seattle Seahawks during a game at CenturyLink Field on December 2, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - While the status of WR Percy Harvin is still in question, it certainly appears as though LB K.J. Wright will be ready to play for Sunday's NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers.
Head coach Pete Carroll called Thursday "a big day" for Wright's chances to play against the 49ers. Wright was a full participant in practice and appears to be making strides towards being available on Sunday.
"I'm still day-to-day," Wright said. "Just trying to get back and get the rust off of me. Get back out there moving on the football field so I can go out there and prove to them I can move around good and be able to play come Sunday."
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Wright had been playing some of his best football before breaking a bone in his right foot during Seattle's 19-17 loss to the 49ers on Dec. 8.
Wright said he tried to plant his foot and whirl around to chase a pass thrown behind him when he felt, and heard, the bone in his right foot break. Wright had to have surgery and been working back ever since.
LB Malcolm Smith has very capably filled Wright's role for the last five games. However, Quinn doesn't see any issues about working Wright back into the lineup and looks forward to potentially having him available Sunday.
"He's been working extremely hard, just like you'd imagine, for him to have a chance to get back," Quinn said. "We couldn't be more fired up to have him back on the grass with us."
Harvin is still an unknown at this point.
Harvin did not practice with the team on Thursday as he has not progressed far enough through the league's concussion protocol process.
"We don't know anything yet," Carroll said Thursday.
"There’s a deadline from the doctors, whenever they call. They’re the ones that are really in charge of this thing at this point and I don’t know when that is. They’ve got to go through the process."
Harvin must be cleared by both team doctors and by an independent neurologist to return to physical activity and again to be able to play in the game. There still appears to be enough time left to get cleared but time is beginning to run short for the Seahawks.
DT Jordan Hill was limited Thursday with a groin strain. It was his first day on the practice field since early last week. RB Marshawn Lynch was back to full participation after getting a rest day on Wednesday.
San Francisco 49ers
CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring)
FB Will Tukuafu (knee)
LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist)
WR Michael Crabtree (wrist)
RB Frank Gore (knee)
LB Dan Skuta (foot)
LB Ahmad Brooks (illness)
DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee/shoulder)
C Jonathan Goodwin (foot)
DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
Did Not Participate
WR Percy Harvin (concussion)
DT Jordan Hill (groin)
LB K.J. Wright (foot)
RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury)