Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson plans to return to the field of play much sooner than many expected, per CBS Sports. When Wilson underwent surgery, it was reported that he would likely be out for six to eight weeks. However, Wilson seems to defy all odds that the Seahawks medical staff set upon him.
Wilson is hoping to return after just four weeks. If this occurs, he’d only missed three games. He would have returned just in time just to make a run at the NFL playoffs. In the previous timeline, Wilson would have missed games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, and would have returned in week nine. Great news for the Seahawks: they have a bye week then; therefore, he’d have a week to prepare and be ready for week ten against the Green Bay Packers.
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The game against the Packers would have taken place 37 days after Wilson underwent surgery. The middle finger that he injured in the Los Angeles Rams game would have had close to five weeks to heal. This seems more than enough time to properly prepare an attempt to turn the Seahawks season around.
For whatever reason, if Wilson’s hand is not fully healed quick enough, he would return by week 11 when the Seahawks face the Arizona Cardinals, per sources. The best case scenario is if Wilson only misses four weeks, which seems to be unlikely. The next three games seemed to be obtainable with the help of veteran backup Geno Smith. If the Seattle Seahawks can go 2-1 in that stretch, they will give Wilson an opportunity to return and really push for an opportunity towards the playoffs.