Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley addressed linebacker Aaron Curry’s situation after practice.
Curry confirmed this afternoon before practice that there had been a change in his role with the team, and that he had been demoted in favor of rookie K.J. Wright.
But Bradley said it’s more of an open competition at outside linebacker, and that the team wanted to take a closer look at Wright with the starting unit.
“K.J. Wright has played very well for us, especially in that first game,” Bradley said. “And we just felt like we wanted to have more competition at that spot, so we’re giving K.J. a chance there yesterday, and we looked him today. And we’ll evaluate it the whole week.
“As you know, the model here is competition. We just felt like we needed to stress that position even more.”
So it’s an open competition at that spot?
“Yeah,” Bradley said. “We’re getting a good look at K.J. this week. You can see he got quite a few of the reps at that spot, and we just need to get him caught up. He’s been playing Mike (middle) linebacker the whole training camp, and preseason and the first game. So we’re trying to get him caught up that position and just see how he responds through tomorrow.”
Bradley said Wright’s feel for the linebacker position has stood out since training camp, and is the reason they decided to give him this opportunity.
“He’s very instinctive and plays very smart, situational football,” Bradley said. “And he’s detailed. He’s just a real good football player. And so we’re just taking a look at that spot and giving him a chance to play SAM (strong-side, outside linebacker) and see how he fits there.”
Obviously Curry is frustrated, but Bradley said he’s handling the situation well.
“He’s good,” Bradley said. “He’s professional. I mean I’m sure he doesn’t like it, and doesn’t like the situation. But he’s responded well. He goes out there and he practices hard. He’s been a true professional.”
Bradley also stressed that Curry still will get his chance to get on the field.
“He’s going to get his chance again,” Bradley said. “We’re going to evaluate it today and tomorrow, and make a final decision on it. But it could be either case that happens, either way he’s going to play. It’s just that we’ve got to see who’s playing better. And that’s really with all our positions, there’s competition. We’re going to create it somehow. We have to, to keep our team moving forward.”
UPDATE: Here’s the injury report from today.
For Seattle, offensive lineman Robert Gallery (groin) is out.
Offensive tackle Jarriel King (ankle), fullback Michael Robinson (ankle) and cornerback Byron Maxwell (ankle) did not practice.
Receiver Sidney Rice (shoulder) and linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
For Arizona, tight end Jim Dray (pectoral) and receiver Chansi Stuckey (hamstring) did not practice.
Linebacker Daryl Washington (calf), linebacker Joy Porter (knee), receiver DeMarco Sampson (hamstring), running back LeRod Stephens-Howling (hand) and running back Beanie Wells (hamstring) were limited.