It’s been a week since Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, sustained multiple injuries to the middle finger on his throwing hand, and early Friday afternoon the team officially ruled him out for the Sunday Night Football matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Thus, the question had become, with multiple healthy scratches possible, perhaps even likely, would the Seahawks keep Wilson on the 53 man roster rather than move him to injured reserve? The fact that Wilson had yet to make the move to IR had some fans wondering if Wilson would take the first snap of each game just to keep his streak of consecutive starts alive. However, according to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll Friday afternoon, Wilson moving to injured reserve is simply a formality.
Pete Carroll says QB Russell Wilson will go on injured reserve. The earliest he would be eligible to play will now be Week 10.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 15, 2021
Obviously Seattle plays the Steelers on Sunday, with games the following two weeks against the New Orleans Saints and the Jacksonville Jaguars before the trade deadline and a Week 9 bye.
Where the team finds itself in the standings after the Week 8 game against the Jaguars could determine whether the Hawks are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, and will also play a significant role in determining if Seattle will finish with a losing record for the first time since 2011.