K.J. Wright: Targeting 'unacceptable'

ByTerry Blount ESPN logo
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX -- Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright was disappointed to hear that former teammate Brandon Browner said he will tell his New England Patriots teammates to try to hurt injured Seahawks Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman during the Super Bowl.

"I didn't know he said that, but we don't play like that," Wright said Monday. "We don't go out there and try to hurt guys. And I don't care if they do have an injury. We're not going out there trying to hurt people, and especially guys you're close to. If he said that, it's fine, but that's not our main focus."

Thomas separated his shoulder in the NFC Championship Game and Sherman sprained an elbow ligament. Both men are expected to play on Sunday.

Browner, in an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson, called Thomas and Sherman tough, referring to Sherman's injury and how at the end of the game "he was holding his arm like he had a sling on it."

"But at the end of the day, this is about the Super Bowl," Browner said. "I'm gonna tell my teammates, 'Go hit that elbow. Go hit that shoulder. Most definitely. Try to break it if you can.' You're gonna be my best friend after the game, but I know you want the Super Bowl just as bad as I do."

Wright had not seen the ESPN interview with Browner but said the Seahawks would never use that tactic on an opponent.

"If you know a player's injured, you don't try to rehurt him," Wright said. "You just try to play ball and play hard. But as far as going out there and targeting certain areas, that's unacceptable and shouldn't be in football."

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