Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to miss four to eight weeks, per ESPN. Wilson injured his finger Thursday night in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He ruptured his tendon in the middle finger of his right hand. He had the surgery procedure Friday in Los Angeles and will begin therapy immediately. The Seahawks remain optimistic and are highly anticipating his return later in the season.
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— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) October 9, 2021
The Shattering of the Seattle Seahawk’s Streak
This injury will sideline Wilson for the first time in his NFL career. The Seahawks look to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday night, which will lead to the ending of his 149 consecutive starts as a Seahawk. The Seahawks look to backup quarterback Geno Smith to lead them for the remainder of the season.
“I thought Geno did a marvelous job last night,” Carroll said. “Geno’s been practicing with us for all this time and waiting for his opportunity if called upon. With the patience that he’s shown with us and to stay with it and his relationship with Russ and the coaches, he’s been impeccable. And when he went out, he executed as he can. He’s a very talented football player. He’s got a great arm, he’s got great sense and he knows the system really well.”
Wilson’s absence was visible within the second half of the close game against the Rams. Furthermore, Smith seemed to struggle; however, he did have flashes and moments of greatness but overall inconsistency cost them the game. Two losses behind their division rivals, the Rams and the Arizona Cardinals, it will be a tall task to ask Smith to keep them alive in playoff contention until Wilson returns.
Russell Wilson’s Toughness
Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol spoke on his weekly Friday radio show and said he wouldn’t know the length or extent of his injury. Until Wilson met with the hand specialist, Carrol wouldn’t know how long he would be sidelined. He was very resistant to discussing the post-game X-rays of Wilson’s hand.
“But there’s something going on,” Carroll said. “There’s definitely something going on and we’ve got to figure out what the extent of it is and what is the next step to deal with.”
Wilson is one of the most mentally tough quarterbacks in the league. There are several significant injuries he’s fought through in his career. He suffered a sprained ankle and sprained MCL in 2016. On Thursday night, once Carrol realized Wilson wasn’t good enough to grip the football. He understood it wasn’t a matter of pain tolerance, he thought to himself “Wilson is really hurt!”
“Nobody should question his toughness,” Carrol said. “Nobody should question his resolve.”