The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly received an encouraging update on superstar quarterback Russell Wilson.
According to reports from NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo, Wilson will have the pin removed from his finger sometime this week — giving him a shot at an “immediate return” from the IR.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) October 23, 2021
Wilson suffered a ruptured tendon and dislocation on the middle finger of his throwing hand during the Seahawks’ Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. As a result of the injury, the veteran QB was forced to undergo reparative surgery and was placed on IR last Friday.
With his IR designation, Wilson isn’t eligible to return until after his team’s upcoming bye week. When asked how realistic the idea of a return for that Week 10 Green Bay contest is, head coach Pete Carroll would not give a definitive timeline, only saying Russ is “definitely making progress.”
“We’re not calling it,” Carroll said earlier this week, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. “We’ve got to wait and see.”
But now with this encouraging update on his recovery, it seems that early return is entirely in the question.
In one game without Wilson, the Seahawks have struggled to push the ball down the field. Led by veteran backup Geno Smith, Seattle fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime this past weekend — logging just 165 yards through the air and converting on 3/12 third down attempts.
Without Wilson yet again, the Seahawks will take on the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.