The Seattle Seahawks‘ Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Rams featured the tough blow of losing star quarterback Russell Wilson to a fractured finger. Wilson underwent immediate surgery to repair the injury that will force him to miss several weeks. However, an encouraging silver lining emerged.
Russell Wilson suffers a fractured finger in loss to the Rams
The Seahawks fell to a disappointing Week 5 loss to the Rams, dropping to last place in the NFC West.
It featured Wilson suffering a fractured middle finger on his throwing hand. The injury occurred in the third quarter after his right hand hit Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s hand.
Wilson exited the game and did not return due to being unable to grip the football comfortably. Smith performed well in the eight-time Pro Bowler’s absence completing 10-of-17 passes for 131 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Seahawks had an opportunity to take the lead on their last drive, but wide receiver Tyler Lockett fell on his route, leading to the game-sealing turnover.
The Seahawks now sit without Wilson for the next several weeks, but an encouraging development has emerged.
Seahawks just got a promising silver lining with Russell Wilson
The Seahawks were dealt a significant blow to their playoff aspirations after Wilson suffered a fractured middle finger that required surgery.
The initial reports suggested the Pro Bowler could miss at least six weeks, but ESPN‘s Adam Schefter revealed on early Sunday morning that doctors believe there is a realistic chance the 32-year-old can return in a month.
“That’s now the hope and, depending on some other factors, that’s possible,” one source told ESPN this weekend.
The four-week time frame is viewed as the best-case scenario. Although the Seahawks will err on the side of caution, Wilson will push to get back on the field sooner as it would mean he would miss only three games, starting with Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Seattle’s next two games after that are at home against the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars before heading into the Week 9 bye. All that could set up a return against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Week 10.
It’s a significant blow for an extended stretch, but the Seahawks may get their star quarterback back sooner than expected.
Geno Smith holds a promising opportunity ahead
The Seahawks sit in a troubling spot with a 2-3 record heading into Week 6.
Smith will handle the reins, hoping to keep Seattle in the playoffs mix. The West Virginia product performed admirably well against the Rams, but the pressure will be on his shoulders as the temporary full-time starter.
Smith demonstrated the ability to effectively move the ball down the field and possesses a strong connection with star wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. His play will be a critical factor in pushing the Seahawks forward.
After Thursday’s contest, Smith voiced strong confidence that he can perform well to keep the Seahawks afloat.
“I played behind three of the most durable quarterbacks in NFL history with Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, and Russell Wilson,” Smith told reporters after replacing Wilson, who injured the middle finger on his throwing hand and couldn’t continue via Pro Football Talk. “So it’s been a long time coming, but no way am I satisfied with just going out there and playing. It’s about getting wins and it’s about leading the team to victories. I like to think that I’ll be able to do that.”
The Seahawks will need Smith to provide stable play, while the situation presents a promising opportunity to showcase to other teams that he can be a highly dependable starting quarterback. All that lays plenty on the table ahead that could change his NFL future beyond 2021.