Wilson’s streak of 149 consecutive starts, the longest by an active quarterback, will be in jeopardy on October 17.
RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson visited a hand specialist in Los Angeles on Friday after injuring the middle finger of his pitching hand Thursday night in a loss to Los Angeles. Angeles Rams.
Coach Pete Carroll, who described the post-game injury as a severe sprain, told 710 ESPN Seattle that the doctor will determine if Wilson has what is known as hammer toe and how that may affect his availability.
The Seahawks (2-3) have a short break before playing the Steelers in Pittsburgh on October 17.
“It is being examined by an expert this morning and I will know more,” Carroll told reporters early Friday. “I don’t know much more than last night. We have to wait and see what they evaluate.”
Carroll didn’t know enough about the X-rays Wilson had after the game to comment on what they revealed, adding that the quarterback is likely to get another X-ray in Los Angeles.
“But something is happening,” he said. “There is definitely something going on and we have to figure out what its scope is and what the next step is to deal with.”
With Wilson’s status for next Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh up in the air, his 149 straight starts streak, the longest by an active quarterback, is in jeopardy. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Peyton Manning (208) has started more consecutive games among quarterbacks since the 1970 merger. Wilson has been through some notable injuries, including a sprained ankle and a cruciate ligament sprain in 2016.
“This is Russ at his best in terms of competitiveness,” Carroll described when asked how Wilson was handling the situation. “He’s doing his best to get ready, to take advantage of everything that’s available to him. He’s tuned in. He’s focused. He was up all night working. He’s already flying. He’s out of here to see the doctors. It has been done as quickly and efficiently as possible. He is looking to the future. He is going to do a fantastic job doing whatever he is up against. “
Wilson was injured in the third quarter when his hand hit Aaron Donald’s arm just as he tried to throw deep. The video shows Wilson’s fingertip bent down unnaturally. He was examined for several minutes on the bench by the Seahawks team doctor and members of his athletic training staff.
Wilson returned for a series, throwing a short pass, then was replaced by Geno Smith for the remainder of the game.
Smith gave Seattle hope Thursday night with a touchdown pass to DK Metcalf, culminating a 98-yard drive in which he went 5 of 5. He was intercepted on an attempt by Tyler Lockett, who fell to the ground, to almost seal the victory for the Rams. Smith was 10 of 17 for 131 yards.