RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had surgical procedure Friday to restore a ruptured tendon and a fracture within the center finger of his throwing hand. Sources inform ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the crew is bracing for Wilson to miss at least a month and up to eight weeks.
It places Seattle’s playoff hopes in critical jeopardy and additional clouds the image of Wilson’s future in Seattle.
Right here are some things to know concerning the state of affairs:
Why is that this so totally different for Seattle?
As a result of Wilson’s availability has been probably the most constant side of Seahawks soccer for the final decade.
Not solely has he by no means missed a recreation since getting into the NFL in 2012, he is been so sturdy he hasn’t even missed a follow due to an harm over his nine-plus seasons — not even when he suffered sprains to his proper ankle (when it was stepped on by Ndamukong Suh) and his left knee (when it was bent awkwardly by a 49ers defender) over a 14-day span in 2016. The one two practices Wilson has missed over his profession have been to attend funerals. He routinely pops up from seemingly devastating hits (just like the blindside shot to the jaw from Clay Matthews within the NFC Championship Sport) as if nothing occurred.
In that sense, it is shocking that Wilson will miss time. On this sense, it is not: ESPN Stats & Info says he is been hit 1,556 instances in his profession, most of any quarterback since 2012. So this was most likely inevitable.
Can Geno Smith preserve their playoff hopes alive?
It isn’t out of the query if Wilson returns on the sooner finish of the four-to-eight-week timetable.
Smith is 12-19 in his profession as a starter, although that was largely for mediocre-to-bad New York Jets groups. He could be one of many league’s higher backups, and he performed effectively sufficient Thursday evening to provide Seattle an opportunity to win. Smith went 5-for-5 and confirmed good mobility on the 98-yard drive that he capped with a landing go to DK Metcalf, although the Rams may need been conceding some beneath throws to forestall a fast rating.
If Wilson misses, say, 5 video games, that might imply Smith beginning on the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3), vs. the New Orleans Saints (2-2), vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4), on the Green Bay Packers (3-1) following Seattle’s bye and vs. the Arizona Cardinals (4-0). The Steelers recreation is winnable with how damaged down Ben Roethlisberger seems to be, and Seattle may even be favored at dwelling vs. the winless Jaguars.
So this could be the Seahawks’ greatest, most lifelike hope: win these two video games, hope the Rams and Cardinals scuffle and pray that Wilson can get again in nearer to 4 weeks than eight.
Having a powerful run recreation would ease the burden on Smith, however this is one other downside: Chris Carson is coping with a neck harm that stored him out in opposition to the Rams.
What about their struggling protection?
That is one other huge downside on Pete Carroll’s plate.
For the second yr in a row, the Seahawks are getting gashed at a historic fee. They’ve allowed no less than 450 yards in 4 straight video games. In line with ESPN Stats & Info, that is the longest streak in crew historical past and tied for the longest in NFL historical past.
Their pass-rush regarded sturdy sufficient to take among the stress off their iffy group of cornerbacks, but it surely’s underperformed and hasn’t gotten a sack but from Jamal Adams. Their defensive turnaround final yr was ignited by their pass-rush. They’ve simply as a lot firepower there this yr, which offers hope that they’ll enhance.
However except they do, it will not matter who’s taking part in quarterback.
How may this have an effect on Wilson’s future in Seattle?
That is the most important query of all and the toughest to reply.
Wilson and the Seahawks have been in a greater place since he sounded off on his frustrations early within the offseason, main each side to flirt with the concept of a break up. However the state of affairs was on no account completely resolved. Wilson moved his considerations to the backburner with a plan to revisit them when the season ends.
It appeared logical that to ensure that Wilson to be content material on the finish of the season, he must really feel like his go safety has improved, he’d have to love the slot in new coordinator Shane Waldron’s offense, and the Seahawks must no less than recover from their divisional-round playoff hump.
However that equation appears a lot much less simple now that Wilson will miss time and Seattle may miss the playoffs due to it.
The Seahawks’ offense has been up and down by way of 5 video games, although Wilson is a fan of Waldron’s and endorsed him for the job. They’ve fared roughly the identical as final season in go block win fee, quarterback contact proportion and sacks per dropback. However it might’t sit effectively with Wilson that the pass-rusher who injured him, Aaron Donald, is similar one who’s given him probably the most suits over time.