Russell Wilson cleared to return from unprecedented injury by sheer ‘conviction’

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson holds a sponge near his taped injured finger during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Seattle. Wilson left the game after the injury and the Rams won 26-17. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE — Nothing can keep Russell Wilson away from the game he loves—not even a gnarly injury to his throwing hand.

Following a bye week for the 3-5 Seattle Seahawks, the star quarterback has been medically cleared to play by the doctor who performed his surgery. That means the Seahawks will have their star player back on the field for a Week 10 visit to the Green Bay Packers.

Russell Wilson is prepared to play just one month after suffering multiple injuries in the middle finger on his right hand. Dr. Steve Shin, who performed the surgery and oversaw parts of Wilson’s recovery, was astounded while watching the 7-time Pro Bowler work.

Although this was uncharted territory (I have never in my career seen such a severe injury to the throwing hand of an NFL quarterback), I have also never encountered a player so comitted to his postoperative therapy and with so much conviction to return to the same, if not better, level of performance as he had pre-injury. I am absolutely amazed at his progress, so much so that I can now confidently clear him for full return to play without reservation.

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In the three games following his injury, Wilson remained engaged in on-field efforts along with his Seahawks brethren. Performing his pre-game warm-ups with no regard for the clamoring that followed on social media, Wilson’s focus remains on the one thing that fields him above all else: Competiton.

Seattle performed admirably in his absence with two losses against formidable foes in Pittsburgh and New Orleans by six points combined. They followed those losses with a 24-point rout of a Jacksonville Jaguars team that subsequently upset the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills.

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Following the mentality of its leader, there’s no lack of willpower in this Seahawks team. Scrapping into the playoffs will be an uphill battle with the Cardinals and Rams standing firmly atop the NFC West. With a late-season winning streak, Seattle has a chance at sneaking back into the postseason conversation.

The Seahawks’ remaining schedule sits somewhere in the middle of the pack with an opponent winning percentage of 50.6% through the end of the year. Regardless of the odds, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks will scrap and claw their way through Week 17.


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