After Russell Wilson suffered a significant finger injury during the Seahawks’ Week 5 showdown with the Rams and underwent surgery on October 8, he was given a six to eight week recovery window. That just wasn’t acceptable for the seven-time Pro Bowler.
“It wasn’t going to take six to eight [weeks], ” Wilson said during their media availability on Thursdays. “That was not on my mind.”
PLUS: Why Odell Beckham Jr. is signing with RamsWilson blew that initial projection as he is now on track to play Sunday against the Packers. The 32-year-old told reporters he suffered a torn tendon, a dislocation and multiple fractures when Rams star Aaron Donald hit his hand on a pitch in the third quarter in Seattle’s 26-17 loss. , but now it feels “pretty close.” 100 percent.
“I feel great,” Wilson said. “I have great conviction about what I’m doing, how I’m doing it. My thinking is better than ever. I’m ready to roll and ready to go.”As part of his recovery, Wilson worked with a team of specialists that included physical therapist Amy Atmore, hand therapist Mo Herman, and Dr. Steve Shin, who performed the surgery on Wilson last month. The veteran quarterback always had the mindset to cut the timeline in half.”I think, throughout the whole process, I knew – I expected that and I knew in my head that that was my goal,” Wilson said. “This is where I want to be, this and that, just keeping my head on it. Every day in practice, I got every rep and a few more by staying to the side and just trying to mentally review everything.”I think obviously you guys watched the games, and I was also involved mentally. I think you must have vision. You must have the ability to play the game in your head. You must have the ability to stand tall when it is difficult.”NFL POWER RATINGS:
Titans, Patriots, Cardinals step forward; Cowboys, Bills and Raiders fade in week 10While Wilson was desperate to get back on the field, he also relied on backup quarterback Geno Smith to lead the team in his absence. Smith has posted decent numbers, throwing for 702 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception, but the Seahawks missed Wilson’s late magic in close losses to the Steelers and Saints.Fortunately for Seattle, Wilson now looks like he used to. He has not been limited in practice and is comfortable making any pitch.”The hand feels great, it feels strong,” Wilson said. “I’m ready to play and I’m ready to help us win. Do whatever it takes.”