Russell Wilson is guaranteed to miss at least two more games while recovering from a finger injury on injured reserve, but the Seahawks quarterback was in the spotlight during Seattle's Week 6 loss to the Steelers, warming up before the game and even taking the field for the overtime coin toss. Asked to update Wilson's rehabilitation on Thursday, coach Pete Carroll confirmed the quarterback is "definitely making progress" but declined to offer a timetable for the Pro Bowler's return.
"Russ is making progress," Carroll told reporters. "He's definitely making progress. He's very positive in all of that. I know it's hard on him. He wants to be out there so bad. (But) he's really conditioning hard to prepare himself physically and mentally ... It's really admirable the way he's going about it ... We'll keep our fingers crossed for good results."
Asked if he's received any update on Wilson's projected return, Carroll was blunt.
"Next," he said. "No, we're not calling it. We're gonna wait and see. The doctors can't tell you that, and Russ can't tell you that."
The soonest Wilson would be eligible to return is Week 10 against the Packers, who will play host to Seattle after the Seahawks' bye. When the QB underwent surgery for a ruptured tendon in his finger prior to landing on IR, early reports indicated he could be sidelined for up to six weeks, which would mean returning around Week 11, when the Seahawks play the Cardinals.
In the meantime, Carroll reiterated that veteran backup Geno Smith will start at quarterback. Seattle just this week claimed former Colts fourth-round pick Jacob Eason off waivers, giving the team another emergency option under center.
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