Thursday night was a disaster for the Seahawks, as they dropped to 2-3 while losing starting quarterback Russell Wilson to a finger injury. We did not hear from Russ after the game, but here’s what you need to know from the press conferences with Pete Carroll, Quandre Diggs, Tyler Lockett, and Geno Smith.
Let’s start off with the most important news: Pete Carroll’s updates on Russell Wilson’s finger injury.
Carroll said “everybody was together” on the decision to pull Wilson. Said “Russ knows his body” and that he knew playing with a busted finger wouldn’t help them.— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) October 8, 2021
Carroll says of Wilson going back in for a series says: "He was trying to figure it out. They were working to figure it out and it took a while and then just could tell it wasn’t right to go back out.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2021
Russell Wilson “wasn’t able to hold onto the football,” Pete Carroll said. #Seahawks— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 8, 2021
Asked if Russell Wilson needs finger surgery, Pete Carroll says: “I don’t know. I have any idea about that.” #Seahawks— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 8, 2021
Asked how long Wilson might be out, Pete Carroll says: "I wouldn't put any timeline on it right now.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2021
We got a few other injury updates from Pete Carroll on pass-catchers Penny Hart and Gerald Everett.
WR Penny Hart played with a second-degree knee sprain, Pete Carroll says. #Seahawks— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 8, 2021
Pete Carroll said Gerald Everett tested negative all week and got the two negatives he needed to come off the COVID list, but the first wasn't decisive enough and didn't count. Thursday's test won't return until tomorrow a.m. "He really kind of got caught in the technicality ..."— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) October 8, 2021
Quandre Diggs was fuming about the Seahawks’ defense performance after the game. The Seahawks have allowed 450+ yards in four consecutive games, becoming just the fourth team since the merger to do so. No team has ever allowed 450 yards in five consecutive games, and no team has ever won more than six games in a season after having such a 4-game streak.
Quandre Diggs on 68-yard catch by Rams’ DeSean Jackson on a third and 10: “That is unacceptable.”#Seahawks pic.twitter.com/1N1PbDjn1W— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 8, 2021
Quandre Diggs on the defense: "We've got (stuff) we need to fix and everybody knows that.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2021
Despite the awful defensive performance, the Seahawks still had a chance to win late, but Geno Smith threw a late interception on a poor no-call for pass interference. Tyler Lockett claimed responsibility for the play.
Tyler Lockett: “I put it on me. I left a lot out there.” #Seahawks— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 8, 2021
Says he should have run through that obvious tackle PI by Robert Rochell and caught the pass for a touchdown. pic.twitter.com/bIEN0WpccX
I’m going to try and end the Thursday press conference notes on some positives here. Michael Dickson had a cool double punt, and Geno Smith looked like he was ready for NFL football.
Of Michael Dickson's re-punt Carroll says "that might have been one of the great plays I've ever seen a punter make. ... the scoop was ridiculous. That was a marvelous play we witnessed.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2021
Tyler Lockett on 3-years-cold Geno Smith tonight replacing injured Russell Wilson: “He did amazing.” #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/wpRpUFWNld— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) October 8, 2021
Geno Smith on what he wants to show if he gets to start against Steelers: "I just want to win. That's all that's important. Just want to win."— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) October 8, 2021
Pete Carroll was very impressed with what he saw from Geno Smith after taking over for Russell Wilson: "If Geno is going to play for us, he showed that we're in good hands."— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) October 8, 2021
Moving on to some injury updates from Pete Carroll’s Friday presser.
Carroll says Gerald Everett is cleared and back with the team. Results arrived last night.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2021
Carroll says "Russ was the only guy that got hurt'' last night. So, there's that.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2021
Carroll elaborates that Carson's neck issue is an old issue that flares up from time to time. Says Carson was just "too uncomfortable to play last night.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2021
Carroll was also on 710ESPN Seattle this morning to talk about Russell Wilson’s injury and last night’s game.
Carroll says on @710ESPNSeattle Russell Wilson is traveling today to see a finger specialist. Says it could be Mallet finger but it's not clear yet what it is.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2021
Here’s some more on the implications of Carroll’s description of the injury:
Here's a description of mallet finger, which says the typical recovery is 6-8 weeks. https://t.co/pV6BSyUS3q But, Russell Wilson has rarely been typical about anything. https://t.co/4PXNObN9kX— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 8, 2021
The X-Rays did not show a fracture, but as we’ve seen with other players recently (Gronk, Tua), MRI and other tests can reveal more. Surgery is a possibility and part of the evaluation proces. But more answers coming today. https://t.co/inf5EIXB71— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 8, 2021