Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (finger) cleared to play

ByABC News
November 8, 2021, 1:49 PM

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been cleared to play.

Wilson was cleared by Dr. Steve Shin, who performed the surgery on the QB's right middle finger.

"I am absolutely amazed at his progress, so much so that I can now confidently clear him for full return to play without reservation," Shin said of Wilson in a statement.

Wilson had surgery on Oct. 8, a day after he banged his hand against Aaron Donald on a follow-through in the third quarter of the Seahawks' loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The surgery was to repair a tendon rupture (mallet finger) and a fracture dislocation. Wilson had a pin removed from his finger last week.

The injury landed Wilson on injured reserve and is the most significant of his career. It snapped Wilson's streak of 149 consecutive starts to begin his career.

On Monday, Wilson tweeted out, "It's Time," along with video of his recovery.

The Seahawks face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday after going 1-2 without Wilson.

Monday marks 31 days since Wilson's Oct. 8 surgery to repair a tendon rupture and a fracture-dislocation in his finger. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Adam Schefter initially reported that the quarterback could return in as early as four weeks from surgery, meaning Wilson has been cleared on the early end of that timeline.

Wilson posted a picture last Monday, as the Seahawks entered their bye week, showing the pin removed from his finger. That was shortly after coach Pete Carroll told reporters he did not know when that procedure would happen. Carroll said then that Wilson's finger would need a couple days to heal after the pin came out before he could practice. Wilson posted a video on Tuesday showing him working out at his San Diego-area home and throwing short passes while wearing a glove on his right hand.

The Seahawks will have to activate Wilson off IR by Saturday in order for him to play Sunday. Over Wilson's career, they are 4-0 at home versus the Packers in Seattle and 0-4 at Lambeau Field, including playoffs.

Information from ESPN's Brady Henderson was used in this report.