Ex-Lakers’ Staffer Breaks Down Difference Between Russell Wilson & Kobe Bryant’s Finger Injuries

On Friday afternoon, It was announced that the Seattle Seahawks would place Chris Carlson and Russell Wilson on injured reserve. Meaning they will miss a minimum of three games.

Wilson injured his right middle finger on October 7 against the LA Rams and was operated on last Friday. The Seahawks’ week ten matchup against the Green Bay Packers could be the earliest Wilson can return.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Wilson is expected to be out between four to eight weeks. Wilson not being in the lineup on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers will end his 149 consecutive regular-season starts streak.

“Russ had a very successful surgery, we’re really happy with all the reports, and we don’t have any timelines for you at all right now,” Carroll said. “He’s in really good spirits, really active today as much as he could be around us and all of that. Really happy for the results of the initial part of it.”

Former Los Angeles Lakers head athletic trainer Marco Nunez was recently on the Waiver Wire Selection Podcast and broke down Wilson’s injury.

“Russell Wilson on Thursday night sustained an injury to his finger, and they categorized it as a ruptured tendon, and I believe he has surgery over the weekend. He is expected to be out a minimum of four weeks, if not up to eight weeks,” said Nunez.

How’s Wilson’s finger injury different from Kobe Bryant’s injury.

“Someone asked me recently how is it different from Kobe’s injury that he suffered a couple of years ago. I think it was in 2009 against Orlando. Although Kobe did not rupture his tendon, he ended up having what is called an avulsion fracture. The difference between Kobe’s and Russell Wilson Injuries? Wilson’s tendon ruptured, while Kobe’s tendon did not rupture. However, what the tendon did instead of rupturing, it pulled a little a piece off of the entire bone,” Nunez said.

“So, he had an avulsion fracture, which mean the tendon didn’t detach. In this case, for Russell Wilson it was the opposite the tendon ruptured. So, it did not take a little piece off of the bone and he did not have an avulsion fracture. In Kobe’s case the bone is so small that they rarely do surgery and let it heal. With Russell Wilson the tendon will not heal itself, it can but it will take a long time. There’s a very poor blood supply and that’s why they surgically go in and repair it.”

Seattle will start NFL veteran back quarter Geno Smith, who almost led the Seahawks to a comeback victory over the Los Angeles Rams last week.

Smith will be making his first start since the 2017 season as a member of the New York Giants.

“It was hard, I would be lying to you if I said it wasn’t hard,” Smith said of his career journey. “Having that ultimate faith in myself, my ability, and my preparation, then I had to just dig deep and say forget it, I’m just going to work and be the best I can be every single day while not worrying about the outside factors. I had to do whatever it takes to get better and be ready for the opportunity.”

“It means everything, but it’s not about me, it’s about the team,” Smith said of getting this shot. “Going out there together all as one unit, the offense, defense, special teams, coaching staff, front office, and everybody. It’s about doing what’s best for the team. It’s not about me at all. Obviously, it’s a great opportunity, but my mindset is focused on winning and doing what is best for the team.”

The Seahawks and Steelers are slated to play on Sunday night on NBC in Pittsburgh at 7:20 EST PM.

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Written by Landon Buford

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