After Russell Wilson suffered a significant finger injury during the Seahawks’ Week 5 matchup with the Rams and underwent surgery on Oct. 8, he was given a recovery timeline of six to eight weeks. That simply wasn’t acceptable for the seven-time Pro Bowler.
“I wasn’t going to take six to eight [weeks],” Wilson said during his Thursday media availability. “That wasn’t in my mind.”
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Wilson blew away that initial projection, as he is now on track to play Sunday against the Packers. The 32-year-old told reporters that he suffered a tendon rupture, a dislocation and multiple fractures when Rams star Aaron Donald smacked his hand on a third-quarter throw in Seattle’s 26-17 loss, but now he is feeling “pretty dang close” to 100 percent.
“I feel great,” Wilson said. “I’ve got great conviction about what I’m doing, how I’m doing it. My mindset’s 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 of cutting the timeline in half.
“I think that, throughout the whole process, I knew — I was hoping that and kind of knew in my head that this was my goal,” Wilson said. “This is where I want to be, this and that, just keeping my head in it. Every day at practice, I got every single rep and some more by staying on the side and just trying to mentally go through everything.
“I think, obviously, you guys saw the games, me mentally being in it, too, as well. I think you gotta have vision. You gotta have the ability to play the game in your head. You gotta have the ability to stand tall when it’s tough.”
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While Wilson was desperate to get back out on the field, he also trusted backup quarterback Geno Smith to lead the team in his absence. Smith has posted decent numbers, throwing for 702 yards and five touchdowns with only one interception, but the Seahawks missed Wilson’s late-game magic in close losses to the Steelers and Saints.
Fortunately for Seattle, Wilson is now looking like his old self. He hasn’t been limited in practice, and he is comfortable making any throw.
“Hand feels great, feels strong,” Wilson said. “I’m ready to play, and I’m ready to help us win. Do whatever it takes.”