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How long is Russell Wilson away?  Injury timeline, return date, latest Seahawks QB updates

It may take a little getting used to, but there will be a new take on the Seattle quarterback for the first time in nearly a decade.

Dating back to September 9, 2012, it’s been 149 games since a quarterback other than Russell Wilson started a game for the Seahawks, but now with an injury to Wilson, Geno Smith will start the team’s Week 6 game against the Steelers Sunday night. .

Wilson suffered a hand injury last week against the Rams in the Seahawks’ 26-17 loss. He went 11 for 16 with 152 yards and one touchdown and one interception each before being replaced by Smith. The injury was also the first major injury suffered by Wilson in his career.

He had surgery on his hand last week, but quickly returned to training.

There are also reports that Wilson participated in training using his non-dominant left hand.

The fact that Wilson returned to training in any way only six days after the operation is remarkable, but coach Pete Carroll hedged his bets and played it safe, placing Wilson on the injured reserve. making him eligible to return as early as week 10 when the Seahawks take on the Packers.

Here’s everything you need to know about his injury.

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How long will Russell Wilson be out?

As of now, Wilson will miss at least the next three games, although initially Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was unsure of the severity of Wilson’s injury.

He’s also praised the Pro-Bowl quarterback seven times.

“Russell is one of the great healers of all time and he will do whatever he can to get back as quickly as possible,” Carroll said after the Wilson game against the Rams.

When the injury first occurred, early reports were much worse, with some NFL insiders believing Wilson would miss more than a month.

The three week deadline for Wilson’s return is simply the minimum, so he might miss more than that, but Carroll and Wilson were both optimistic.

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What is Russell Wilson’s injury?

Originally thought to be a sprained finger by coach Pete Carroll, Wilson actually suffered two other serious injuries.

Wilson “suffered two finger injuries: a ruptured extensor tendon (mallet finger) and a comminuted fracture-dislocation of the proximal interphalangeal joint,” the Seahawks statement said. He also had his finger stabilized with screws, as a simple splint wouldn’t have been enough to heal his finger.

Russell Wilson Injury Timeline

October 7, 2021: Wilson and the Seahawks were playing against the Rams in “Thursday Night Football” when Wilson attempted to throw a pass late in the third quarter before the Rams’ Aaron Donald hit and blocked him. This game was the one that led to Wilson’s injury. He remained a few records after that but was later replaced by Geno Smith to start the fourth quarter.

October 9, 2021: Wilson underwent finger surgery, performed by hand specialist Steven Shin at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

“Based on what I saw today, I have no doubts that Russell will return to the NFL this season and play at the same world-class level that fans expect from one of the best quarterbacks in the game,” Shin said in a statement.

14-15 October 2021: Just six days after major surgery, Wilson returned to practice for the Seahawks as a limited participant. He was there primarily to help Geno Smith get into the starting role and familiarize himself with everything, but he also took some time to show off, throwing passes with his left (non-dominant) hand.

October 15, 2021: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll officially places Wilson on the injured reserve, preparing him to miss at least the next three games. The earliest he can return is Week 10 against the Packers.

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