With K.J. Wright gone for the foreseeable future, Malcolm Smith re-enters the Seahawks’ starting lineup.
Smith played a lot early in the season when Bruce Irvin was suspended. He had seen his snap reduced significantly after Irvin returned and Bobby Wagner was healthy.
Now that Wright is out for 4-6 weeks after having a broken bone in his foot operated on, Smith is back in the mix as a starter at Will.
Our Dave Boling caught up with Smith, who talked about his esophagus disorder which makes it hard for him to swallow, and what’s in front of him on the field with Wright out. From Boling:
The versatile Smith has started five games this season because of the suspension of starting strongside linebacker Bruce Irvin and an injury to middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.
Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. recruited Smith out of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., and coached him during his career at USC.
Smith was a touted high school running back who followed his older brother, Steve, to USC. The elder Smith was a star receiver who went on to an NFL career, mostly with the New York Giants.
What Norton saw from the start were the same qualities he admires in Smith to this day.
“He’s really smart, really fast, strong … a fantastic football player who really enjoys what he does,” Norton said.
“When I say ‘fast,’ I mean exceptionally fast, weapon fast … wow fast,” Norton said. “You watch the films and he’s just a flash across the screen.”
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