Wilson has ‘badly sprained finger,’ says Carroll

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks now have greater than a traditionally leaky protection and an early deficit within the NFC West standings to fret about. For one of many few occasions over the previous decade, Russell Wilson‘s well being can be a priority.

Wilson was knocked out of their 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday evening after injuring the center finger on his throwing hand within the third quarter. He returned for one collection however was changed by Geno Smith, who led a landing drive to provide Seattle (2-3) hope however then threw an interception to all however seal the win for the Rams (4-1).

Talking after the sport, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll referred to as the damage a “badly sprained finger” and mentioned it is too early to place a timetable on Wilson’s return. Carroll additionally mentioned he did not know if Wilson will want surgical procedure.

“There may be numerous work to be achieved in assessing all of that,” Carroll mentioned. “Russell is without doubt one of the nice healers of all time, and he’ll do no matter he can to get again as quickly as completely potential.”

The Seahawks have a mini-bye earlier than they journey to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers on Oct. 17. Wilson hasn’t missed a sport in his NFL profession. He has made 149 consecutive begins, the longest streak by an energetic quarterback.

Wilson was not accessible to the media after the sport.

Smith changed Wilson early within the fourth quarter and threw a 23-yard landing go to DK Metcalf to chop Los Angeles’ result in 16-14. Metcalf’s second TD of the evening capped a 10-play, 98-yard drive on which Smith went 5 for five, prompting the gang at Lumen Area to chant “GE-NO! GE-NO!”

Wilson banged his throwing hand in opposition to Aaron Donald‘s arm on a third-quarter incompletion. The FOX broadcast later confirmed the tip of Wilson’s finger unnaturally bent downward. He was examined for a number of minutes on the sideline by the Seahawks’ workforce physician and members of their athletic coaching employees, who watched Wilson grip a soccer after which bandaged his finger.

Wilson returned for the Seahawks’ subsequent drive, throwing one brief go on a three-and-out. He was changed by Smith when Seattle regained possession. After Smith’s landing go to Metcalf, Wilson ran down the sideline to rejoice with teammates, patting one participant on the helmet along with his left hand.

Carroll mentioned “everybody was collectively” on the choice to insert Smith, including that Wilson “is aware of his physique” and knew he would not assist them with an injured finger.

“He wasn’t capable of maintain onto the soccer the way in which he wanted to, to throw it, as a result of we had been going to throw the ball, and we would have liked to throw it in all places. We did not know what he would be capable of do. He was simply uncertain. … If he may have, he would have.”

Wilson went 11-of-16 for 152 yards, a landing and an interception on a tipped throw. Smith went 10-of-17 for 131 yards, including 23 yards speeding on three makes an attempt. His interception was on a throw meant for Tyler Lockett, who fell down.

“Geno did a extremely, actually good job, very a lot in command,” Carroll mentioned. “We had been capable of do all types of issues with him on the market. He dealt with all of the communications fantastically and performed very well. We had an opportunity to win a soccer sport. With all of that, we had an opportunity to win the soccer sport with the ball in our arms and couple minutes to go.”

The Seahawks, enjoying with out working again Chris Carson (neck) and tight finish Gerald Everett (COVID-19/reserve) led 7-3 at halftime earlier than the Rams opened the third quarter with consecutive landing drives. Los Angeles completed with 476 yards of whole offense, with 68 approaching an underthrown Matthew Stafford go that DeSean Jackson caught between cornerback Sidney Jones and security Jamal Adams.

The Seahawks held the Rams to 2-of-10 on third down however completed with just one sack and three official hits on Stafford.

In line with ESPN Stats & Data analysis, Seattle has allowed 450-plus whole yards in 4 straight video games, the longest streak in workforce historical past and tied for the longest streak in NFL historical past.

“We have got s— we have to repair, and everyone is aware of that,” mentioned security Quandre Diggs, who had his second interception in as many weeks. “On the finish of the day, you both do your job otherwise you’re not prepared for one of these environment. Simply plain and easy.”

Smith, 30, is in his third season with the Seahawks. Over his first two, he had tried solely 5 passes in mop-up obligation. Smith’s landing go was his first since 2017, the yr he made his most up-to-date begin. His 98-yard drive was the longest of his profession and the Seahawks’ longest landing drive since Week 17 of the 2018 season, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data.

Smith made 29 begins over two seasons with the New York Jets after they drafted him within the second spherical in 2013. He was requested what he desires to indicate the NFL if he will get the decision subsequent Sunday in Pittsburgh.

“I simply wish to win,” he mentioned. “That is all that’s essential. I simply wish to win.”