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  • Brady HendersonESPN

RENTON, Clean. — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson experienced surgery Friday to restore a ruptured tendon and a fracture in the middle finger of his throwing hand. Sources convey to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the crew is bracing for Wilson to miss out on 4 to eight weeks.

It puts Seattle’s playoff hopes in major jeopardy and further more clouds the image of Wilson’s long term in Seattle.

In this article are a handful of factors to know about the circumstance:

Why is this so unique for Seattle?

Due to the fact Wilson’s availability has been the most consistent aspect of Seahawks soccer for the previous ten years.

Not only has he never skipped a game because coming into the NFL in 2012, he has been so resilient he has not even skipped a apply mainly because of an personal injury above his 9-as well as seasons — not even when he experienced sprains to his right ankle (when it was stepped on by Ndamukong Suh) and his still left knee (when it was bent awkwardly by a 49ers defender) over a 14-day span in 2016. The only two procedures Wilson has missed about his occupation were being to go to funerals. He routinely pops up from seemingly devastating hits (like the blindside shot to the jaw from Clay Matthews in the NFC Championship Game) as if almost nothing transpired.

In that sense, it can be shocking that Wilson will overlook time. In this sense, it can be not: Study from ESPN Stats & Data suggests he has been hit 1,556 occasions in his occupation, most of any quarterback due to the fact 2012. So this was possibly unavoidable.

Can Geno Smith maintain the Seahawks’ playoff hopes alive?

Geno Smith led the Seahawks to two scoring drives in the second fifty percent on Thursday and will be making his very first get started since Dec. 3, 2017. Steph Chambers/Getty Illustrations or photos

It really is not out of the problem if Wilson returns on the before finish of the 4-to-eight-7 days timetable.

Smith is 12-19 in his profession as a starter, although that was typically for mediocre-to-terrible New York Jets teams. He may possibly be one particular of the league’s improved backups, and he performed well ample Thursday evening to give Seattle a chance to earn. Smith went 5-for-5 and showed pleasant mobility on the 98-yard drive that he capped with a touchdown move to DK Metcalf, although the Rams may possibly have been conceding some underneath throws to reduce a brief score.

If Wilson misses, say, 5 game titles, that would suggest Smith commencing at the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3), vs. the New Orleans Saints (2-2), vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars (-4), at the Green Bay Packers (3-1) following Seattle’s bye and vs. the Arizona Cardinals (4-). The Steelers recreation is winnable with how damaged down Ben Roethlisberger appears to be like, and Seattle could possibly even be favored at residence vs. the winless Jaguars.

So this may possibly be the Seahawks’ ideal, most practical hope: acquire people two video games, hope the Rams and Cardinals scuffle and pray that Wilson can get back again in closer to four months than 8.

Obtaining a powerful operate game would relieve the burden on Smith, but this is an additional dilemma: Chris Carson is working with a neck injuries that held him out against the Rams.

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Which is a further huge difficulty on Pete Carroll’s plate.

For the 2nd calendar year in a row, the Seahawks are finding gashed at a historic price. They have authorized at the very least 450 yards in four straight online games. In accordance to ESPN Stats & Information investigate, that is the longest streak in workforce record and tied for the longest in NFL background.

Their go rush was expected to be potent plenty of to consider some of the pressure off their iffy team of cornerbacks, but it has underperformed and hasn’t gotten a sack still from Jamal Adams. Their defensive turnaround very last calendar year was ignited by their move hurry. They have just as considerably firepower there this year, which provides hope that they can boost.

But except if they do, it will not likely make any difference who’s taking part in quarterback.

How may well this influence Wilson’s upcoming in Seattle?

Which is the biggest query of all and the hardest to response.

Wilson and the Seahawks have been in a improved place since he sounded off on his frustrations early in the offseason, leading equally sides to flirt with the plan of a break up. But the condition was by no indicates forever resolved. Wilson moved his issues to the again burner with a plan to revisit them when the season ends.

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It appeared logical that in purchase for Wilson to be content at the conclude of the season, he would have to really feel like his pass defense has enhanced, he’d have to like the suit in new coordinator Shane Waldron’s offense, and the Seahawks would have to at least get in excess of their divisional-spherical playoff hump.

But that equation looks substantially less straightforward now that Wilson will miss out on time and Seattle may well overlook the playoffs since of it.

The Seahawks’ offense has been up and down through 5 video games, though Wilson is a lover of Waldron’s and endorsed him for the task. Seattle has fared around the exact as very last period in move block acquire level, quarterback make contact with share and sacks per dropback. But it can’t sit effectively with Wilson that the move-rusher who wounded him, Aaron Donald, is the similar 1 who has given him the most fits around the decades.