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 workforce is bracing for Wilson to overlook no less than a month and as much as eight weeks.
It places Seattle’s playoff hopes in severe jeopardy and additional clouds the image of Wilson’s future in Seattle.
Right here are some things to know in regards to the state of affairs:
Why is that this so totally different for Seattle?
As a result of Wilson’s availability has been essentially the most constant facet of Seahawks soccer for the final decade.
Not solely has he by no means missed a sport since coming into the NFL in 2012, he is been so sturdy he hasn’t even missed a follow due to an damage 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 Recreation) as if nothing occurred.
In that sense, it is stunning that Wilson will miss time. On this sense, it is not: ESPN Stats & Data says he is been hit 1,556 instances in his profession, most of any quarterback since 2012. So this was in all probability inevitable.
Can Geno Smith preserve their playoff hopes alive?
It is not 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 night time to offer 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 cross to DK Metcalf, although the Rams might 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 Inexperienced Bay Packers (3-1) following Seattle’s bye and vs. the Arizona Cardinals (4-0). The Steelers sport is winnable with how damaged down Ben Roethlisberger seems to be, and Seattle would possibly even be favored at residence vs. the winless Jaguars.
So this could be the Seahawks’ greatest, most life like 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 robust run sport would ease the burden on Smith, however here is one other downside: Chris Carson is coping with a neck damage that stored him out in opposition to the Rams.
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That is one other massive 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 keeping with ESPN Stats & Data, that is the longest streak in workforce historical past and tied for the longest in NFL historical past.
Their pass-rush seemed robust sufficient to take a number of the stress off their iffy group of cornerbacks, however it’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 gives hope that they will enhance.
However except they do, it will not matter who’s taking part in quarterback.
How would possibly this have an effect on Wilson’s future in Seattle?
That is the largest 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 either side to flirt with the concept of a break up. However the state of affairs was on no account completely resolved. Wilson moved his issues 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 cross 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 would possibly miss the playoffs due to it.
The Seahawks’ offense has been up and down via 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 cross block win fee, quarterback contact share and sacks per dropback. However it could possibly’t sit effectively with Wilson that the pass-rusher who injured him, Aaron Donald, is similar one who’s given him essentially the most matches through the years.