Bobby Wagner questionable, K.J. Wright doubtful for Seahawks vs Rams

Linebacker Bobby Wagner is officially listed as questionable for the Seahawks’ game against the 9-4 Rams — and despite his status still being in the air, that injury designation is at least a positive.

“He did some good stuff today in rehab and he’ll run tomorrow and we’ll take it to gametime,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said of Wagner during Friday’s final injury report press conference. “He’s trying.”

Pete Carroll previews Seahawks-Rams during Friday morning show

Linebacker K.J. is still in concussion protocol and has officially been listed as doubtful.

#Seahawks practice report – Bobby Wagner, Naz Jones and KJ Wright did not participate

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If Wagner can’t go, he’ll likely be replaced by veteran linebacker Michael Wilhoite. If neither Wagner nor Wright can play, D.J. Alexander and Terrance Garvin could also see more snaps.

“Those guys have been right at the edge of it the whole time in their preparation, so this was not a big step for them to take,” Carroll said. “Really, Bobby hasn’t practiced in a month almost, and so they’ve been getting work throughout. So they’re ready to go, and really are counting on those guys playing good football. They both have played, they’ve both been around, they know what’s going on. And I’m looking forward to seeing how they do if they get the call.”

Defensive tackle Nazair Jones (ankle) is listed as doubtful, but Carroll indicated he’s likely going to be inactive.

“It’s going to be a miraculous recovery if he makes it from here, I don’t think he’s going to make it. But that’s why he’s doubtful — doesn’t mean he can’t make it.”

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NFL fines Payton, Carroll, 2 Jaguars assistants $10K each

Saints coach Sean Payton, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Jaguars offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and Jaguars wide receiver coach Keenan McCardell have been fined $10,000 each for improperly going on the field during Week 14 games.

Payton has said he was trying to call timeout when he ran on the field in the final minutes of New Orleans’ 20-17 loss at Atlanta on Dec. 7. Payton drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

NFL rules say a head coach or trainers can enter the field only to check on players’ health, and that assistants may never go on the field.

Carroll has said he knew he’d be penalized for walking onto the field, but wanted to calm players near the end of a 30-24 loss at Jacksonville. Late-game scuffles resulted in ejections of two Seattle players, defensive end Quinton Jefferson and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

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Hector Rondon agrees to $8.5M, 2-year deal with Astros

HOUSTON — Reliever Hector Rondon has agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract with the World Series champion Houston Astros.

The 29-year-old right-hander gets $4 million next year and $4.5 million in 2019.

He spent the last five years with the Chicago Cubs, where he went 18-13 with a 3.22 ERA and 77 saves. He went 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA and a career-best 10.83 strikeouts per nine innings last season.

To make room for Rondon on the roster, the Astros designated outfielder Preston Tucker for assignment. Tucker played in 146 games with the Astros from 2015-16, hitting 27 doubles and 17 home runs with 41 RBIs. He spent last season at Triple A Fresno.

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Berizzo returns to coach Sevilla after treating tumour

SEVILLE, Spain — Eduardo Berizzo returned to Sevilla’s bench on Friday for the first time since receiving treatment for a prostate tumour.

Berizzo, however, couldn’t inspire the hosts to anything better than 0-0 with Levante that left Sevilla in fifth place in the Spanish league.

Levante went close to scoring in the 35th minute when David “Jason” Remeseiro struck a free kick onto the upright. The ball ricocheted off the back of goalkeeper Sergio Rico before bouncing clear.

Goalkeeper Oier Olazabal made several saves to secure Levante a point. He was at his best when he got a hand on Gabriel Mercado’s header to push it against his post just before halftime.

Sevilla announced on Nov. 22 that Berizzo had a prostate tumour. Assistant coach Ernesto Marcucci coached Sevilla for the previous four matches, including the last round’s 5-0 defeat at Real Madrid.

“I feel fine,” Berizzo said. “I wanted to be with the team after the loss (at Madrid). I wanted to be here to tell my players that their coach is with them. If we couldn’t win today, then we will do our best to beat Real Sociedad next match.”

Jesus Navas set a club record for the most appearances for Sevilla at 416 games when he went on as a late substitute. Navas, 32, returned to his boyhood club this season after four years at Manchester City. He broke the record held by Pablo Blanco.

“I am proud to set the record with my team, but we wanted a different result,” Navas said. “It’s important to have the coach back with us.”

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