For the first time in a long time, Russell Wilson was forced out of a game due to injury.
During the Seattle Seahawks’ 26:17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Thursday Night Football, Wilson suffered a “badly sprained finger” on his throwing hand when attempting a deep pass to Tyler Lockett in the third quarter. Wilson’s hand caught Aaron Donald’s arm during his follow-through, leaving him with a flexed middle finger.
Wilson, whose 145 starts in a row are the second longest active streak in the NFL, was coached by a team coach. After throwing passes on the sidelines, Wilson returned to start the Seahawks’ next drive. He completed a brief pass to Colby Parkinson in second place before being sacked in third place in what was his last game of the game.
“Russell couldn’t finish the second half, he sprained his finger which we need to find out,” Pete Carroll told reporters after the game. “There is more to be done to judge all of this. Russell is one of the great healers of all time and he will do everything to get back as soon as possible.”
Geno Smith replaced Wilson on the next drive, throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass at DK Metcalf. After the Seahawks got the ball back with six minutes left, Smith threw an interception on the first play after Lockett fell, resulting in the Rams win.
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford injured his right index finger on his throwing hand towards the end of the first half. He conquered the field in the second half with his fingers wrapped around it. He finished the game and completed 25 of 37 passes for 365 yards with a touchdown and an interception.