Despite dealing with multiple injuries, Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to play on Sunday against the New York Jets.
The Seattle Seahawks are confident that starting quarterback Russell Wilson will be able to play through knee and ankle injuries on Sunday when they take on the New York Jets, according to a report by Conor Orr of NFL.com.
Orr notes that head coach Pete Carroll “would be shocked” if Wilson doesn’t take the field Sunday in New York. An MRI confirmed that Wilson suffered a sprained right MCL in Monday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers, but he was able to return to practice quickly and participate in Wednesday’s practice.
That wasn’t the first injury for Wilson this season, as his left ankle also bent awkwardly in Week 1 after being stepped on by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. While Wilson only missed one snap with the ankle injury, his mobility was clearly impacted in a disappointing Week 2 performance against the Los Angeles Rams, as he had just five rushes for 14 yards.
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Wilson was doing much better last Sunday in a blowout win over the San Francisco 49ers until he was tackled awkwardly by linebacker Eli Harold in the third quarter. Seattle let Wilson finish out the drive before handing the offense over to backup Trevone Boykin. The undrafted rookie out of TCU completed seven of nine passes for 65 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
It’s possible to play through a sprained MCL, and Wilson isn’t one to come off the field just for a pain management issue. Still, the Seahawks should be careful with Wilson’s knee and remove him from the game if anything looks wrong on Sunday.
Wilson is a better pocket passer than he’s given credit for, but mobility is still a huge part of his game, and the sprained knee could become a lingering issue throughout the season if he’s rushed back. New York’s front seven will put a lot of pressure on Wilson given the state of Seattle’s offensive line, and the Seahawks may be better suited resting him with more important inter-conference and divisional games looming ahead.