You’ve probably heard the crushing blow by now. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never missed a single start in his career, but that appears likely to come to an end in Week 6 after suffering an injury to his middle finger and getting surgery in Los Angeles on Friday.
It’s clear Wilson will in all likelihood miss time. What is anyone’s best guess at this point is exactly how much time.
The initial reports were between six to eight weeks of time for the Seahawks QB.
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
The surgery was more complicated than expected, with the need for screws complicating matters. The timetable is roughly 6 weeks, though Wilson will no doubt be determined to beat it. https://t.co/Hd5ppojiIz— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 8, 2021
However, there have been multiple reports circling around the Internet today. Some people happen to be more optimistic on the length of time Wilson will miss.
I'm told Seahawks are hopeful Russell Wilson returns by mid-November, but they won't rush him back. Week 10 against Packers may be earliest realistic target date.— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) October 8, 2021
With that said, some believe this could really be a significant time period.
According to multiple sources and as @JFowlerESPN reported, Russell Wilson will miss a minimum of four weeks, but in all likelihood will miss most of the regular season. Surgery appears to be the only move, putting a serious damper on Russ playing anytime soon. #Seahawks— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) October 8, 2021
At this point, it’s unlikely that even Wilson himself has real clarity on when he’ll step between the lines again. You know he’ll be ultra-motivated to beat the odds, speed through his rehab and recovery and be back out there sooner than anyone expected.
But for now, Seahawks fans will have to play the waiting game with their franchise QB.