Perhaps no Seattle defensive player is more prepared to face Newton and the Panthers' offense than Wagner. Playing at Utah State in the Western Athletic Conference, Wagner regularly saw a number of hybrid offensive systems, including the zone-read offense Carolina uses.
Wagner also played against Auburn, albeit a season after Newton led the Tigers to the national title and won the Heisman Trophy. Utah State opened the 2011 season at Auburn and while the plays were different without Newton calling the shots, the principles were similar.
While it's not exact, that experience gives Wagner and the Seahawks some idea of what to expect.
"It's going to be fun. I wanted to play him at Auburn and didn't get a chance," Wagner said. "I get my chance now."
Notes: Seattle G John Moffitt has been ruled out for this week with a knee injury. ... CB Marcus Trufant has developed a back injury related to his back problems in the past and is unknown for Sunday. He did not practice Wednesday. If he can't play, Danny Gorrer or Byron Maxwell would likely fill in at the nickel back position. ... Marshawn Lynch was limited in practice Wednesday as he rested.
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