Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, suffered an ankle injury during Sunday’s 12-10 Week 1 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Will he recover in time for Week 2?
Wilson sustained the injury when Ndamukong Suh, Dolphins’ defensive tackle, sacked him during the third quarter.
The quarterback, after being checked on by Seahawks’ medical personnel, had his ankle taped, and returned to the field quickly and didn’t miss any snaps.
However, he moved gingerly in the pocket and looked hobbled for the rest of the game.
Credit to Wilson for leading the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter which allowed the Seahawks to escape with a narrow victory. However, there are fears that Wilson could have aggravated the injury.
Since the Seahawks are projected as NFC contenders and possible Super Bowl contenders, they simply had no choice but to rely on Wilson, the only established quarterback in the squad.
Even though rookie Trevone Boykin is regarded by many as a future starting-caliber quarterback, the Sehawks are not in a position to lose Wilson this early into the season.
After the game, Wilson underwent an x-ray on his ankle and told reporters that he wasn’t worried about the injury ahead of a Week 2 showdown against the Los Angeles Rams.
I'm told Russell Wilson is right now getting a precautionary x-ray on his right ankle. https://t.co/lGVwEdrFiV
— bob holtzman (@Bob_Holtzman) September 11, 2016
"It feels a little sore but I'll be alright." – Russell Wilson on his ankle.
— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) September 12, 2016
Russell Wilson: Should Seahawks panic?
After Sunday’s victory, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll admitted that he was legitimately concerned about his superstar quarterback’s health status. For viewers watching at home, it was evident that Russell had twisted his ankle.
“We looked after him a little bit (during the game). We weren’t sure what he could do. We didn’t want to tax him too much,” coach Carroll said after the game.
After the Dolphins asserted a 10-6 lead, the Seahawks were facing an unlikely Week 1 defeat and it forced Wilson to go to work despite hobbling on the field.
And Wilson’s cornerback teammate, Richard Sherman, wasn’t surprised that he played through the pain.
“There’s a feeling of familiarity. (Wilson’s) been there before. He’s come through. There is confidence. You believe in your guys,” Sherman said after the game.
Russell Wilson finished 27 of 43 for 258 yards, besides a touchdown and an interception. He was sacked thrice and failed to complete quite a few passes. However, the Seahawks will take the W and move on.
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