Seahawks Get Positive Injury Update on Linebacker KJ Wright

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Seattle Seahawks linebacker KJ Wright | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

KJ Wright is an invaluable member of the Seattle Seahawks defense, and any game they play without him is going to be a dogfight given Wright's high football IQ and consistency. Shoulder surgery had to be a scary prospect for the organization, but Wright himself helped calm everyone down with an encouraging update.

Wright claims that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery, and insists that he'll be ready to roll once the NFL season kicks off.

“Health is good. I’m ahead of schedule of where I need to be and if there’s a football season I plan on being out there game one,” Wright said.

He started all 16 games last year for Seattle, and the former Mississippi State star set a new career high with 132 tackles.

Wright might be a free agent at the end of this season, but he should form one of the best linebacker trios in football today with All-Pro superstar Bobby Wagner and promising first-round rookie Jordyn Brooks.

The Seahawks play a "base" 4-3 defense on 69% of their snaps. Behind them in second place, the Arizona Cardinals run base on 38% of snaps, and the NFL average is 27%. Seattle's defense places a greater deal of responsibility on the linebackers than any other in the league, so having a player like Wright ready to go for 2020 is bigger than one can imagine.