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Russell Wilson expected to miss approximately 6 weeks after finger surgery

The Seahawks QB is expected to miss some time, which means Geno Smith would be the starter.

Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks jogs off the field while tending to his finger injury after losing 26-17 to the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field on October 07, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Friday late PM update: Wilson underwent surgery Friday night and Ian Rapoport is reporting Wilson will be out approximately six weeks. The Seahawks released the following statement:

“Russell Wilson injured his right middle finger during last night’s game versus the Rams,” the statement read. “He sustained two injuries to the finger: an extensor tendon rupture (mallet finger) and a comminuted fracture-dislocation of the proximal interphalangeal joint. He had successful surgery today in Los Angeles by hand specialist Dr. Steven Shin at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe Surgery Center to repair both injuries. He will start therapy this weekend and it is highly anticipated that he will return to play later this season.”

The Seattle Seahawks are officially in a bind. Quarterback Russell Wilson suffered an injury to his middle finger on Thursday Night Football in Week 5, and he could now be out for up to two months. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler is reporting the Seahawks expect Wilson will miss at least a month and upwards of eight weeks due to a “ruptured middle-finger tendon that likely requires surgery.”

Geno Smith would take over for Wilson if he misses any time. Smith came on for Wilson in the third quarter of the Seahawks loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He gave them a fighting chance and is a capable backup, but this would be a huge loss for the Seahawks.

Seattle is 2-3 and has the following upcoming schedule over the next seven weeks:

Week 6: at Steelers
Week 7: vs. Saints
Week 8: vs. Jaguars
Week 9: bye
Week 10: at Packers
Week 11: vs. Cardinals
Week 12: at Washington

Also of note is that the New York Jets hold the Seahawks first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft from the Jamal Adams trade.