While there is no hard-and-fast timetable as to how Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson will return from a significant procedure to repair the middle finger on his throwing hand, any idea that he could return within a month was unrealistic, sources said.
Wilson, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, is intent on playing again this season, and there is every expectation that will take place, given the nature of his procedure and the time required to heal and play again. The Seahawks game against Arizona in Week 11 is the first real opportunity for Wilson to get back on the field, sources said, though the future Hall of Fame quarterback, who never missed a snap prior to this injury, is pushing as hard as possible to play as quickly as possible. He had surgery in the immediate aftermath of the injury.
The injury has further called Wilson's future with the team into question after a tumultuous offseason in which he was open to a trade and opportunities elsewhere. Wilson has just two years left on his contract and has a no trade clause; if Seattle were to trade him, doing so this offseason would provide maximum value. The Seahawks roster has fallen off in recent years, it has numerous holes to fill, and there's insufficient draft capital to address it all.
Wilson made it clear this winter he is seeking a more balanced and diverse offense and better pass protection, and his relationship with the organization has certainly grown more complicated over the years. It's hard to imagine contract extension talks gaining much steam, and Seattle's viability as a contender in the short-term, with a uber-competitive QB now approaching his mid-30s, is certainly up for debate, even with Wilson under center.
There is no concern at this point that he has played his last game for the Seahawks, but that question could come to dominate their offseason discussion in 2022, as it did in 2021.