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How did Russell Wilson get hurt?

Wilson was hurt in the third quarter when his hand slammed into Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald's arm. The veteran quarterback played one snap before he exited to the sideline for evaluation by trainers. ... Now, Wilson will miss his first games after 10 years and 149 consecutive starts, all with the Seattle franchise. Sporting NewsRussell Wilson injury update: Seahawks QB out 4-8 weeks after finger surgery, report says

Did Russell Wilson have surgery?

The Seattle Seahawks will be without star quarterback Russell Wilson, who had surgery Friday to repair a ruptured tendon and a comminuted fracture-dislocation in his middle finger. The Washington PostRussell Wilson has successful finger surgery, hopes to return this season

Where did Russell Wilson have surgery?

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback underwent surgery in Los Angeles on Friday to repair two injuries in his right middle finger, the team announced. The Seahawks did not provide a specific timeline for Wilson's return, just that it's "highly anticipated" that he will be back on the field at some point this season. NBC ChicagoReports: Russell Wilson Out Several Weeks After Finger Surgery

Why did Russell Wilson have surgery?

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson out at least a month after surgery on finger. RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after he had surgery Friday to repair two injuries to his right middle finger. USA TODAYSeahawks QB Russell Wilson out at least a month after surgery on finger

Russell Wilson undergoes surgery for finger injury | FOX 13 News

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Russell Wilson takes six weeks off for surgery

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Huard: Seahawks are about to learn how valuable Russell Wilson really is

710 ESPN Seattle 11 October, 2021 - 02:11pm

For the first time since 2011, the Seahawks will have a starting quarterback whose name isn’t Russell Wilson.

After suffering a right middle finger injury in last week’s loss to the Rams on Thursday night football, Wilson underwent surgery and is expected to be out anywhere from four to eight weeks.

With Wilson out of action for at least a few games, backup quarterback Geno Smith is the new QB1 in Seattle.

The Seahawks went 2-3 to start the 2021 season with Wilson under center, and now they enter a very unknown stretch with him out. So what are we going to learn about the 2021 Seahawks over the next few weeks? That’s the question Mike Salk asked former NFL quarterback Brock Huard on 710 ESPN Seattle’s The Mike Salk Show Monday morning.

“You’re going to learn about this roster,” Huard said. “You’re going to learn about what you and I said before the season about how Russell is most valuable when it comes to WAR in the NFL – something we don’t talk about, (which is) wins above replacement. What did you and I and most people say about Russell? What is his wins above replacement?”

What Huard is saying there is that for years, Wilson has been seen as among the most valuable players in the NFL because of how he’s led the Seahawks to 10-plus wins when the rest of the roster left a lot to be desired.

Now, we get to see just how valuable Wilson really is to the Seahawks, in part because of how Smith looked on Thursday, Huard said.

“Geno is a replacement-level quarterback. He showed that Thursday night,” Huard said. “He was not so overwhelmed, he was not deer in headlights. He showed you Thursday night he is capable of being a replacement-level player. So how many wins is Russell truly worth?”

And if the Seahawks aren’t able to win with Smith at quarterback, then it emphasizes what Huard and others have said about the team for a few years now.

“If this team can’t find a way, it further exposes a lot of challenges on this roster,” he said. “The weaknesses at a bunch of spots, the lack of depth, a defense right now that’s been very poor and has not been able to correct itself over the first month of the season. I think it exposes a ton of conversations if this team is not competitive and doesn’t find a way to win and scratch out a couple ‘W’s.'”

Optimistically, Wilson may be out just four weeks. That would have him missing games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars before the team’s Week 9 bye. If Wilson returns following that four-week stretch, he would be back for a Week 10 matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

“You would hope to be able to win one (of those three), and if Geno can win two then maybe we have a conversation of maybe this roster isn’t as bad as a lot of folks believe,” Huard said.

Listen to the discussion at this link or in the player below.

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Twelve (sorry) reasons to be optimistic about the 2021 Seahawks

Tacoma News Tribune 11 October, 2021 - 12:34pm

Purely optional optimism, of course

As threatened by your headline, below lie 12 reasons a Seahawks fanatic person could use to boost their optimism levels. Were they so inclined.

Probably wise to start with the weakest arguments first. Nothing personal, mate.

Most punters don’t get one play like this in their whole career, let alone twice in one season. With Dickson back there, disasters turn into highlights. Remember he pulled a similar stunt in Indianapolis Week 1, only without the improbable one-handed scoop. Watch it again just for that moment he harvests the ball from the turf:

68 yards on a blocked punt? Don’t mind if I do. Dickson’s also dropping his punts inside the 10 multiple times a week. As long as the Seahawks fan find a way to turn a couple of the remaining 12 games into field position battles, they have an Aussie ace in the hole that could be a major difference between victory and defeat.

But it’s the good kind of regression. Only three teams who’ve played every week have had fewer penalties called in their favor than Seattle’s 24. Put another way, the Seahawks have gotten the fourth-worst luck flag-wise so far.

If regression begins right away and they benefit from a few extra calls in the next month they weren’t getting before, that could very well help smooth over the Russell Wilson hiatus.

I’m not citing the gambler’s fallacy, the wrong-headed assumption that future penalties will be called at a higher rate to make up for Weeks 1-5. I’m saying that there’s no reason Seattle opponents should continue to get unintentional preferential treatment from the officials, and it’s much more likely that flags will fly at a league average rate going forward. It’ll help.

Opposing quarterbacks will get hurt and miss games. Offensive lines will miss key contributors. An elite pass rusher will have to sit out for a while. Any or all of those could happen against the Seahawks later this year.

Hopefully you’ve read me often enough to know I’m not in any shape or form rooting for injury. I’m simply guessing that a team or two that looks scary right now will be ravaged by bad health luck right as the Seahawks show up on their schedule. This is the NFL. Star players miss games. Right now Seattle’s going through the worst of it; later it’ll be an opponent. As long as there are defensive linemen with malice in their hearts, there will be quarterbacks with red letters on their injury reports.

Aaron Donald really hurt Drew Brees’ thumb and Russell Wilson’s middle finger almost the same way. pic.twitter.com/aTqmyaH42U

Wilson’s hurt and out, a phrase that still makes me shake my head. But he’ll be back, along with Chris Carson, Gerald Everett, and the exciting rookies. I don’t want to put too much of the team’s fortune on untested dudes, but Tre Brown and Dee Eskridge will be activated and will help at a position of need — unless they’re not needed, but that would only be because Sidney Jones and Freddie Swain are producing, which would be further reason for optimism. And scene.

Our beloved Arizona Cardinals moved to 5-0 after dispatching the terrible 49ers (more on them later) and sit atop the NFC. Not just the division, but the whole conference. They’ve beaten everyone, but most especially San Fran and LA. Good for them? Maybe good for us too. But not when one of our starting corners has to cover DeAndre Hopkins.

It’s not at all out of the realm of plausibility (plossibility? either way) that the Cards have a specific playoff seed wrapped up by the time they host the Seahawks in Week 18. I can pretty easily imagine Arizona sitting at 14-2 or 13-3 already, with a desperate Seattle hovering at 9-7, needing a win to make the playoffs. Does Kliff Kingsbury play his starters the whole game? Doubt it.

I say tight, and naturally I mean on a micro level much more so than a macro one. I wouldn’t say that the Niners and Hawks are very close to the Cards in overall standings. They’re three games back! After five games! Yikes. The division is hard to win for anyone but Arizona or Los Angeles.

However, within the division itself, nothing is decided.

The first team that goes on a tear within the NFC West is going to be sitting pretty. And the Seahawks don’t play another rival until November 21. Forty days from now. Again, nothing is decided, although you’d much rather be the Cards after Week 5. And you’d much rather not be the...

The 49ers do not currently appear to have an offense outside of Trey Lance, who threw the ball or carried it on 45 of their 57 plays this past Sunday.

They’ve lost three in a row, are in free-fall, and been outscored by 23 points since the first half of Week 1 when they put up 31 on the Lions.

For every good throw by Lance in his first start, there were a couple of these, either over or behind the receiver.

Budda will take that ‍♂️@buddabaker32 x #RedSea pic.twitter.com/imRcq1eEBG

In the NFC West, the Seahawks cannot be totally assured of third place at a minimum, but the Niners’ current trajectory makes it look more and more likely. With seven playoff spots, third place can definitely be good enough for the final wild card if you somehow get to 10 wins.

Seattle would need to find eight more victories, then? Not farfetched.

Steelers, Jaguars, WFT, then Niners in Week 13, followed by Texans. Bears, Lions and Cards to close out the season.

In this scenario, the Seahawks drop an ugly home game to the Saints, can’t get it done vs. the Cards either, get blown out in Lambeau and lose a squeaker to the Rams in LA.

I’m not saying 8-4 the rest of the way is happening. I’m saying it’s a reasonable brand of optimism that requires very little consumption of Kool-Aid.

And you only need somewhat.

Jamal Adams is not bad at football. He’s looked uneven, confused, miscast, and occasionally disinterested. But he doesn’t suddenly suck at the game he’s played his whole life, nor is he hurt, from the best we can tell. He’s going to be a positive factor again, and maybe even tilt the field a few times again, possibly win a game almost all by himself once, and yes it’s going to be in a Seahawks uniform, you smartasses.

Something will change, something will click, something will work, whether it’s coach-driven or not. Even if it’s as simple a decision as blitzing him off the edge and up the middle more aggressively than ever, while sticking Ryan Neal back there in a triple-safety dime package on presumed passing downs. (Which they should start doing immediately, from snap one against Pittsburgh. But what do I know, I’m just a nerd with a laptop.)

Adams was an All-Pro. That ability is still in him, itching to get out and gobble up some heads like Venom. It’ll happen in a week, a month or a year. And magically, the defense will stop looking like shit.

It coincides with maybe the softest part of the schedule besides WFT-Niners-Texans right after Thanksgiving. Overall DVOA for the Seahawks’ next three foes:

Last year a slate of bad offenses helped fuel the rejuvenation of Seattle’s defense. Maybe this year they catch the right teams at the right time as well?

There are no easy games in the modern NFL. But if there were one, it would be the Jaguars at home. Entirely possible the Urban Lawrences are riding a 23-game losing streak into Lumen that week.

Much was made in Week 4 about how Russell Wilson-led teams have never lost three in a row. Well, statisticians and researchers, smoke this one in your pipe: they have lost three in a row at home (and four in a row in front of home fans). What was once deemed the league’s strongest home-field advantage is now a faint blur in a smudgy rear view mirror. Or that might be a bug.

In their last four “real” home games, the Seahawks have:

It’s plain that first, the stadium must be immediately renamed, and second, the universe must decide we have paid our collective debt for the joys of witnessing Beastquake, The Golden Touch, The Tip, The Chop, The Kearse Is Lifted, The Bat — and proceed to restore our competitive advantage. Seriously it’s weird and who/whatever is messing with the natural order of things should stop. And they will. Now’s fine.

I doubt any of us have ever met a person quite so driven as Russell Carrington Wilson. His work ethos is legendary, and then there’s his belief in himself when others discount him, which has only been happening his whole life.

Now, for the first time as a pro, he’ll miss time. He’ll be forced to watch from the sideline, powerless to turn the tide when a game feels like it’s slipping away.

If he was in need of a fire being rekindled within himself, he’ll get it. If he was in need of rest and recuperation, he’ll receive that too. If he was in need of a fresh perspective on the offense after living at the eye of the hurricane for a decade, then, yeah, that’s also incoming.

I don’t know if any of those experiences will help. But if just one of them turns a light on where previously there was darkness, Wilson will be even better when he returns — a scary thought.

DK Metcalf will get his no matter who is under center. Tyler Lockett didn’t lose a step because Wilson lost a finger. Gerald Everett is coming back just in time to provide an explosive security blanket to the backup quarterback.

Chris Carson can truck fools no matter who hands him the ball.

As Geno Smith, you could do a lot worse than having those four weapons at your disposal in a motion-heavy misdirection offense designed by an expert who already did it for one successful team. And Smith isn’t incompetent. He may be sloppy at times, his deep ball may not compare to Russ (whose does?), and he may start to look indecisive once the pass rush heats up a little. But I’ve got one overarching thought on Smith that keeps my frown turned upside down:

Before the positives, let me stipulate: the third quarter was unwatchable to an extent I didn’t think possible. A defensive meltdown that complete (212 yards, two long touchdown drives) cannot happen again. It wrecks games.

And yet — the Seahawks defense had its moments. The first two Rams drives stalled on third down and the third one ended with Quandre Diggs picking Matthew Stafford off in the end zone.

The Seattle pass rush was not good, but what’s interesting is that they got to Stafford as frequently or infrequently as everyone else and produced a takeaway when they needed it most.

Week 1: Bears had 4 QB hits and 1 sack

Week 2: Colts had 3 hits, 1 sack

Week 3: Buccaneers had 4 hits, 1 sack

Week 4: Cards had 5 hits, no sacks

Week 5: Seahawks had 3 QB hits and 1 sack.

It’s been really hard to get in Stafford’s face this season and Seattle wasn’t appreciably worse at it than their peers.

The story of the game was of course Wilson’s injury and the wasted opportunities. But consider that without Carson, Everett, and then Wilson, then having suffered two backbreaking plays on each side of the ball, and that putrid third quarter, all of it compounded by poor kicking, the Seahawks still had the ball down six with a chance to drive for the winning TD. They can beat this iteration of the Rams. This isn’t 42-7 territory anymore. To win later this year at SoFi would take some good fortune, but it wouldn’t be shocking, especially not at full strength.

They just can’t turn in another quarter like the third. And I guess that’s what will separate the believers from the doubters. Are the Seahawks going to remain prone to playing terrible defense for extended periods of time every game, or not?

The best part is I didn’t think of everything. There are many other reasons waiting to be mentioned. The list is less exhaustive than the amount exhausting it has been to watch the team. Thanks for reading.

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