Seahawks to place QB Russell Wilson on IR following finger surgery

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Russell Wilson had a streak worthy of Cal Ripken Jr. going, making 149 straight starts for the Seattle Seahawks. That run will come to an end next Sunday when Geno Smith takes the field as Seattle’s starter against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the first time anyone other than Wilson has done so in 10 years.

Wilson has a ruptured tendon in the middle finger on his right hand, which required surgery. Recovery time for normal humans is usually between 6-8 weeks. Wilson has resources and habits beyond most of us, though so fans should probably expect him to miss less time than that. Some reports have said Wilson will only miss four weeks.

However, coach Pete Carroll told reporters today the team will be placing Wilson on IR.

Under the new rules he will be eligible to return to the active roster after three games – making Week 10 against the Packers the earliest return date.

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