RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner was younger in his career and still lacking some recognition, it was teammate Richard Sherman that was regularly touting Wagner's talent. With Sherman out for the season, maybe he'll be able to find time to lead Wagner's campaign as his name is getting mentioned as a potential defensive player of the year candidate. Wagner is having one of the best seasons of his career and his name is being tossed around for the top defensive award in the NFL.

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