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Seahawks defense used to noise

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New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson is brought down by Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, center, and cornerback Richard Sherman, hidden, during an NFC divisional playoff game last Saturday in Seattle.

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RENTON, Wash. — At least once per home game it seems like the voices inside Bobby Wagner’s helmet go silent.
Gone are the voices that relay plays from the sideline to the Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker through a small speaker implanted inside his helmet. And it’s not because Wagner’s coaches aren’t trying.
He simply cannot hear what they are saying, overwhelmed by the noise coming from his home fans.
“It gets so loud that we just use hand signals and I try to read coach (Ken) Norton’s mouth,” Wagner said. “It’s hard but I think ...


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