Wilson 'making progress' as Week 10 return mooted

25 October 2021 20:58:32 GMTPlus11
Seattle are hopeful that Russell Wilson will be back for Week 10

Head coach Pete Carroll says injured Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson is "definitely making progress" in his recovery from finger surgery amid reports that the quarterback has a chance of playing in Week 10.

The 21/10 Seahawks will again have backup Geno Smith under center for the upcoming matchup with the 2/5 New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

Second chance for Smith

Smith started his first game in four years last week at Pittsburgh when an overtime fumble helped seal the Seahawks' loss, but the ex-New York Jets triggerman will get another chance because recently-signed QB Jacob Eason isn't yet up to speed with Seattle's playbook.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will follow in Week 9 for Seattle, who should then have Wilson available to face the Green Bay Packers in the next game.

He's really conditioning hard to prepare himself physically and mentally.

Pete Carroll

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Wilson is set to have a pin removed from his middle finger in the coming week, according to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo, which would give him an earliest-possible chance of returning from his injured reserve designation in Week 10.

"Russ is making progress," Carroll told reporters earlier this week, via CBS Sports. "He's definitely making progress. He's very positive in all of that. I know it's hard on him.

"He wants to be out there so bad. (But) he's really conditioning hard to prepare himself physically and mentally. ... It's really admirable the way he's going about it. ... We'll keep our fingers crossed for good results."

Collins fit and ready

Carroll also revealed running back Alex Collins is set to return to action against the Saints despite a groin injury that caused him to be held out of practice on Thursday and Friday.

"He looked good today so he's ready to go," said the coach after Collins was a limited participant in Saturday's practice.

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