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Russell Wilson headed to injured reserve, Seahawks QB to miss at least next three games

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Russell Wilson will be placed on injured reserve, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday after Wilson was ruled out of Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. The earliest Wilson can return to the field is for Seattle’s Week 10 game against the Packers following their Week 9 bye.

Wilson recently had surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand sustained during Seattle’s Week 5 loss to the Rams. The injury has a typical recovery timetable of six weeks. 

Seattle is moving forward at quarterback with Geno Smith, who went 10 of 17 with 131 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Rams. Smith, a nine-year veteran who previously spent time with the Jets and Chargers, has a 12-19 career record as an NFL starting quarterback. 

Wilson sustained the injury when his hand hit the helmet of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The Seahawks’ starting quarterback since 2012, Wilson has led the Seahawks to 100 regular-season wins, two Super Bowl appearances and a win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Wilson has been named to each of the last four Pro Bowls. His streak of 149 consecutive games played will come to an end.

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Based on Wilson’s injury, the Seahawks’ projected win total has dipped from 8-8 to 7.8 wins, according to CBS Sports data scientist Stephen Oh. Seattle’s playoff odds have fallen from 42.7 percent to 22.2.

Seattle is currently 2-3 and in last place in the NFC West division. The Seahawks’ next three games are at Pittsburgh on Sunday night and at home against the 2-2 Saints and the 0-4 Jaguars.

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