Russell Wilson was scheduled to miss up to six weeks following a finger injury he sustained against the Rams in Week 5 of the NFL season.
The injury occurred when Aaron Donald’s hand collided with Russell Wilson’s while the Seahawks quarterback passed. The injury looked ugly, as Wilson’s finger awkwardly bent on play.
Wilson’s injury included two small fractures and a dislocated middle finger of his pitcher’s hand. He had to undergo surgery and was told the recovery time would be six to eight weeks after the procedure.
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However, Wilson’s goal was to “cut this [timeline] A half. He accomplished that and returned to action after just four weeks – three games and a week off – out of action.
How did Wilson do it? Well, he told reporters he worked tirelessly to make his comeback.
“We probably spent 19 or 20 hours a day working on this hand, trying to break records with this thing,” Wilson said at a press conference, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “It was a pretty serious injury in the sense of the number of things that happened. I think for me my whole mindset was to cut time in half, and it’s been my mindset from when it happened.
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Perhaps that is a bit of a stretch on Wilson’s part, as his comments imply that he only got four to five hours of sleep a night while he was rehabilitating from his injury. That said, the goal of his rehabilitation was to keep his finger in constant motion to prevent the buildup of scar tissue, as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network detailed, so maybe he found a way to do it while closing his eyes.
Either way, Wilson put in many hard hours into his rehabilitation and completed each step promptly. Although he was upset by the end of his streak of 149 straight regular-season starts, Wilson actually seemed to enjoy the rehab.
“The thing in rehab, just in the overall process, has been to take the next step, the next breath,” Wilson said. “It was a cool trip. “
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And how does he feel ahead of his return to the pitch against the Packers?
“I feel great,” Wilson said Thursday. “I feel really close. I’m not 100% yet, but I’m pretty close. I would say in the 90th percentile if not higher. I feel good. I have a great belief in what I do and how I do it. My mind is better than ever, ready to go and ready to go.
Soon we’ll see how Wilson does – and if he’ll be able to grab the ball well on a snowy day in Green Bay.