Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was compelled to overlook the fourth quarter Thursday evening in opposition to the Rams after struggling an damage to the center finger on his throwing hand.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll mentioned after the sport the finger was “badly sprained” and that there was no timetable for Wilson to return.
Wilson seemed to be damage whereas throwing within the third quarter; his handcrafted contact with Los Angeles lineman Aaron Donald’s wrist or forearm on a followthrough. Replays confirmed the tip of the center finger was bent at an odd angle.
The veteran signal-caller performed one drive after the damage, however then Seattle coach Pete Carroll changed him with backup Geno Smith early within the fourth.
“He wasn’t in a position to maintain the onto the soccer the way in which he wanted to to throw it, as a result of we have been going to throw the ball and we would have liked to throw it all over,” Carroll mentioned. “We did not know what he would be capable to do. . . . If he may have (returned), he would have.” Carroll added the finger was “fairly darn sore.”
Smith led Seattle on a landing drive to chop the crew’s deficit to 16-14. Los Angeles responded with a landing to push its result in 23-14. Smith then led one other scoring drive, this time with a discipline objective, to make it 23-17 with simply over 2 1/2 minutes remaining.
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Smith bought the ball again much less a minute later however threw an interception on the primary play. Los Angeles responded with a discipline objective that made the ultimate margin 26-17. Smith completed with 10-of-17 passing, 131 yards, a landing and the INT.
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Wilson, 32, has by no means missed an NFL recreation in his profession. In 2020, he posted his ninth consecutive season of 16 begins. He began the Seahawks’ first 5 video games this yr.
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Smith, 31, has been Wilson’s backup since 2019 however had tried simply 5 passes, all in 2020, earlier than Thursday. He has beginning expertise with the Jets, who drafted him within the second spherical out of West Virginia in 2013. He began 29 video games for New York his first two seasons earlier than being changed by Ryan Fitzpatrick.
He began yet one more recreation for the Jets in 2016 after which famously began as soon as for the Giants in 2017 when the crew ended Eli Manning’s streak of consecutive regular-season begins at 210.