After surgery, Wilson has a real chance of returning in the shortest time according to initial estimates.
When Russell Wilson was taken to surgery on Friday, several doctors estimated that he would miss at least six weeks.
But with surgery on Wilson’s fractured right middle finger, doctors believe the Seattle Seahawks star quarterback had a realistic chance of come back in four weeks, they entrusted sources to ESPN.
“That is now the hope and, depending on other factors, it is possible,” they leaked to ESPN this weekend.
The Seahawks and the doctors agreed that a four-week schedule is the best scenario for Wilson, who suffered the injury in Thursday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Wilson tore the tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand and suffered a 26-17 loss at Seattle. The eight-time Pro Bowler began therapy this weekend, and the Seahawks said in a statement Friday that “he is expected to return to play later this season.”
He will miss next Sunday night’s game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers, followed by home games against the Saints and Jaguars before Seattle’s break in Week 9. If his rehab and recovery are going well, Wilson may be able to return in Week 10 to play in Green Bay, against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
But for the moment, Wilson’s 149 consecutive start streak, the longest by an active quarterback, is broken; He hasn’t even missed a single practice in his more than nine seasons with the Seahawks. According Elias Sports Bureau, Only Peyton Manning (208) started more consecutive games among quarterbacks since the 1970 merger.
Wilson has been through some notable injuries, including an ankle and a ligament sprain in 2016. But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said “everyone was in agreement” Thursday night on the decision to put Geno in. Smith once made it clear that Wilson couldn’t catch the ball well enough to throw it. Carroll insisted Friday that Wilson’s problem is not pain management.