Updated: Oct 18, 2021
Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to miss 4-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on a ruptured tendon in the middle finger of his right hand. Once he was wheeled into surgery Friday, many doctors believe he will miss at least six weeks. But once the surgery was completed, many doctors believed the star quarterback could make a realistic comeback after four weeks.
Wilson, who suffered the injury during Thursday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson ruptured a tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand and suffered a fracture dislocation in Seattle's 26-17 loss. The eight-time Pro Bowler began therapy this weekend, and the Seahawks stated Friday that it is "highly anticipated he will return to play later this season." If all things go well with Wilson’s rehab, it is likely he could return in Week 10 at Green Bay against the reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
The decision to have surgery was to protect Wilson’s long-term health and will sideline him for the first time in his career, ending his streak of 149 consecutive starts. The only other quarterback to start more consecutive games is Peyton Manning(208) since the 1970 merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Wilson’s absence will force the Seahawks(2-3) to have to play without their star quarterback, being already two losses behind the Rams and the Arizona Cardinals in what is considered the toughest conference in the NFL this season, the NFC West. In the meantime while Wilson is recovering, the Seahawks will look to their backup quarterback Geno Smith to step up and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Will the Seahawks drown in Wilson’s absence? Or can Geno Smith keep them above .500 in the meantime while Wilson rehabs? Only time will tell..