Fri. May 20th, 2022

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to miss four to eight weeks with a ruptured tendon in the middle finger of his right hand, sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Wilson, who injured his finger Thursday night in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams, underwent surgery Friday in Los Angeles and will begin treatment this weekend. The Seahawks said it is “highly expected that he will return to play later this season.”

The decision to have surgery was made with Wilson’s long-term health in mind, sources told Fowler. It will sideline him for the first time in his NFL career when the Seahawks play the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday night and end his streak of 149 consecutive starts.

After Friday’s surgery, Wilson tweeted:

Wilson’s absence will force the Seahawks (2-3) – all two losses behind the Rams and Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West – to turn to Geno Smith to keep their playoff hopes alive.

In a speech to reporters and in his weekly radio program on Friday morning, coach Pete Carroll said he did not want to know how much time Wilson might have to miss before meeting with the hand specialist, nor would he discuss the results of the x-rays. , which Wilson had postgame.

“But something’s happening,” Carroll said. “Something is definitely happening and we need to figure out what the extent of it is and what the next step is to deal with.”

Wilson’s streak of 149 consecutive starts is the longest of an active quarterback. According to Elias Sports Bureau, only Peyton Manning (208) has started several games in a row to start his career among quarterbacks since the merger in 1970.

Wilson has played some notable injuries, including a sprained ankle and sprained MCL in 2016. But Carroll said “everyone was together” Thursday night in the decision to insert Smith when it became clear Wilson could not grab the ball well enough to throw that. Carroll was adamant on Friday that the issue is not about pain management.

“No one should question his toughness,” he said. “No one should question his determination. If he could have thrown a football and stuck to it, he would have done it. Anyone who says otherwise does not know what they’re talking about. So you can handle all sorts of things with your hands and you can still throw the football and he tried last night and did not have … control of the ball. So if he could have, he would have it. “

Wilson was injured in the third quarter as his hand tapped against Aaron Donald’s arm as he let go of a deep throw. The broadcast showed the tip of Wilson’s finger unnaturally bent downward. He was examined for several minutes on the sidelines by the Seahawks’ team doctor and members of their athletic training staff, who saw Wilson grab a football and then bandage his finger.

Wilson returned for a series, threw a short pass on a three-and-out, and was then replaced by Smith for the remainder of the match.

Smith gave Seattle hope with a touchdown pass to DK Metcalf, which limited a 98-yard run, on which he went 5-for-5. He was intercepted on a throw to Tyler Lockett, who fell down, for all but seals the Aries’ victory. Smith finished 10-of-17 for 132 yards.

“I thought Geno did a great job last night,” Carroll said. “Genos has been practicing with us all this time, waiting for his opportunity if he was asked. The patience he has shown with us and to keep it going, and his relationship with Russ and the coaches, he has been impeccable. And when he went out, he executed as best he could. He is a very talented football player. He has a good arm, he has great sense and he knows the system really well. “

The Seahawks’ defense, already placed late in the NFL heading into Week 5, allowed 476 yards for the Rams.

Their next four games are in the Pittsburgh (1-3) on October 17 against the New Orleans Saints (2-2) on October 25 against the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) on October 31 and at the Green Bay Packers (3-1 ) on November 14 after Seattle’s farewell.

“I have full confidence that Geno knows this, and I think you saw it last night in a really difficult situation — hurry up, all that kind of thing, he was really good at it,” Carroll said. “He really understands the system so we can keep preparing and it will help everyone. Geno makes guys around him feel safe and comfortable and I thought it was a great show.”

The 30-year-old Smith is in his third season with Seattle. Before Thursday, his only action with the Seahawks was in mop duty. His last start came in 2017 with the New York Giants.

Carroll said Smith has the makeup required to excel as a backup quarterback despite rarely getting reps.

“It’s not the makeup Geno wants to be proud of – which I’m really good at backing up – because everyone wants to be a good starter and I’ve always talked to him like that he is and that’s what he is. will be when that time comes, “Carroll said. “So now he’s got a chance and I’m excited about him.”


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