It’s no secret that on Thursday night the Los Angeles Rams offense did basically whatever they wanted against the struggling defense of the Seattle Seahawks on their way to a 23-17 victory. However, the biggest damage the Rams may have inflicted on the Seahawks was not a loss which dropped Seattle into last place, it was the injury to Russell Wilson’s middle finger on his throwing hand that could be most damaging to the playoff aspirations going forward.
Now, according to a Friday afternoon report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the team is expecting Wilson to be out at least a month.
Sources: Seahawks are bracing for Russell Wilson to miss at least a month and possibly 6-8 weeks with his ruptured middle-finger tendon that likely requires surgery. Seattle thinking about Wilson’s long-term health. Barring an unexpectedly swift recovery, it’s Geno Smith’s show.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 8, 2021
Now, a month may seem like quite a bit of time, but the simple fact is that over the next three weeks the Hawks play winnable games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New Orleans Saints and the Jacksonville Jaguars and then have a Week 9 bye. That means Wilson could miss a month and still return in time for what is likely a crucial two week stint November 14 and November 21 where the team travels to take on the Green Bay Packers before hosting the Arizona Cardinals.
In any case, it is apparently situations just like this why the Seahawks have kept Geno Smith as backup. If Smith is indeed the starter against the Steelers in Week 6, he would own a piece of NFL trivia history as having been the quarterback who started in order to interrupt two of the longest starting streaks in NFL history, having started for Week 13 of the 2017 season in place of an aging and ineffective Eli Manning.