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 4 to 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 probably the most constant side of Seahawks soccer for the previous decade.
Not solely has he by no means missed a recreation since getting into the NFL in 2012, he has been so sturdy he hasn’t even missed a apply 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 stunning that Wilson will miss time. On this sense, it is not: Analysis from ESPN Stats & Info says he has been hit 1,556 instances in his profession, most of any quarterback since 2012. So this was in all probability inevitable.
Can Geno Smith maintain the Seahawks’ 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 principally for mediocre-to-bad New York Jets groups. He is perhaps one of many league’s higher backups, and he performed nicely sufficient Thursday evening to present 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 may need been conceding some beneath throws to forestall a fast rating.
If Wilson misses, say, 5 video games, that will 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 recreation is winnable with how damaged down Ben Roethlisberger seems to be, and Seattle would possibly even be favored at dwelling vs. the winless Jaguars.
So this is perhaps the Seahawks’ greatest, most real looking 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 recreation would ease the burden on Smith, however here is one other downside: Chris Carson is coping with a neck harm that saved him out towards the Rams.
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That is one other large downside on Pete Carroll’s plate.
For the second yr in a row, the Seahawks are getting gashed at a historic price. They’ve allowed no less than 450 yards in 4 straight video games. In accordance with ESPN Stats & Info analysis, that is the longest streak in workforce historical past and tied for the longest in NFL historical past.
Their cross rush was anticipated to be robust sufficient to take among the strain off their iffy group of cornerbacks, however it has underperformed and hasn’t gotten a sack but from Jamal Adams. Their defensive turnaround final yr was ignited by their cross rush. They’ve simply as a lot firepower there this yr, which supplies hope that they’ll enhance.
However until 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 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 thought of a cut up. However the state of affairs was in no way completely resolved. Wilson moved his issues to the again burner 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 by means of 5 video games, although Wilson is a fan of Waldron’s and endorsed him for the job. Seattle has fared roughly the identical as final season in cross block win price, quarterback contact share and sacks per dropback. However it may well’t sit nicely with Wilson that the pass-rusher who injured him, Aaron Donald, is similar one who has given him probably the most matches through the years.