The Seattle Seahawks managed a win to debut regular season, but it came at a price. Quarterback Russell Wilson suffered a sprained right ankle, which was projected to keep him sidelined for a few weeks. Luckily for the Seahawks, Wilson participated in this weeks’ practices. He’s on track to start for the upcoming weekend matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
“His attitude is as charged up as you can imagine, as always,” coach Pete Carroll said. “But he’s excited to prove that he can make it back, get back and all that. He’s half-crazy about proving, so it’s good. His attitude’s great. The really great performers find a way, and they don’t have to be 100 percent all the time to operate at a really high level. So that’s part of what’s going on.”
Wilson has been central to the Seahawks’ success of the past few seasons. Since came aboard back in 2012, he’s gone for 14,232 yards and 107 touchdowns. Aside from his throwing accuracy, Wilson is one of the few athletic quarterbacks in the league. He’s known for his ability to escape a collapsing pocket – he’s gone for 2,446 rushing yards for 12 touchdowns in four seasons.
“He’s a tough dude,” receiver Doug Baldwin said of Wilson. “It’s not just his mental fortitude, but also his physical prowess and what he brings to the table in every facet. I told him, ‘You need to suck it up,’ and he said … well, I can’t repeat what he said. But he let me know it wasn’t going to affect his play. Obviously, he showed that.”
If Wilson is indeed active on Sunday, there’s no reason the Seahawks won’t be able to snatch an inter-division win. The Rams proved in week one they’re still a franchise under construction – despite picking up the best rookie quarterback in the draft.
Simply put, Wilson against Case Keenum is bound to be a W for the Seahawks.