Wilson cleared to return to football activities for Seattle

Nov 7, 2021, 9:59 PM | Updated: Nov 8, 2021, 5:12 pm

Seattle Seahawks injured quarterback Russell Wilson mimics a throwing motion before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — One month after undergoing surgery on the middle finger of his throwing hand, Russell Wilson was back on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice field Monday, flinging passes.

Barring a setback, Wilson should be back under center for the Seahawks on Sunday when they travel to Green Bay.

“This is a remarkable story of recovery,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday after the team returned from its bye week. “A guy set an intent that he was going to do this and pull it off. I mean, he’s way ahead of schedule. We just came off the practice field and he threw the ball all over the place.”

Wilson was cleared earlier Monday to return to football activities, capping a recovery that seemed unlikely when he underwent surgery on Oct. 8 in Los Angeles.

Wilson’s surgeon, Dr. Steve Shin, released a statement through the team, saying he had cleared Wilson for a “full return to play without reservation.” Wilson also posted a video on social media Monday with the title “It’s Time.”

“I have also never encountered a player so committed to his postoperative therapy and with so much conviction to return to the same, if not better, level of performance as he had preinjury,” Shin said. “I am absolutely amazed at his progress.”

Seattle started the season 2-3 with Wilson, who was hurt in the Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Rams when his hand hit the arm of Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Seattle went 1-2 in Wilson’s absence with Geno Smith as the starting quarterback.

Carroll said the most optimistic outlook on Wilson’s recovery was a chance of returning this week, but there was no guarantee that would happen. Carroll also said the key is how Wilson — and his finger — recover from the work each day in practice.

“He looked great out there today. So that’s an enormous accomplishment,” Carroll said. “That was the kind of the hope that if he could pull off something special that it might happen this week. That’s kind of what we were thinking and I know he was ready to go yesterday.”

It’s the first time in Wilson’s career that he missed any games. Wilson had started 165 consecutive games in the regular season and playoffs combined, and only missed a handful of plays during the stretch.

It seems likely a new streak will start against the Packers.

“The intention is that if he’s OK, he plays,” Carroll said.

NOTES: Carroll addressed continued speculation linking the Seahawks with WR Odell Beckham Jr., who was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Monday. Beckham can be claimed by any NFL team that wants him at a $7.25 million price tag for the rest of this season. “We’re aware of what’s going on and we’ve been involved to understand it and competing to know what’s happening. And we’ll let you know as it all happens. You’ll have to wait.” … RB Chris Carson, who’s been out with a neck issue since Week 5, is expected to return to practice Wednesday. Carroll had hoped prior to the bye that Carson would be able to practice Monday.

___

More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero (5) is fouled by Miami Heat forward Caleb Martin during the fi...
Associated Press

Heat rally again, top Magic 110-105 to close 3-0 homestand

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 29 points, Bam Adebayo added 20 and the Miami Heat rallied again in the fourth quarter to beat the Orlando Magic 110-105 on Friday night. Max Strus scored 17 points, 15 of them on 3-pointers, for Miami — which moved a season-high six games over .500 at 28-22. Caleb […]
20 hours ago
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett ...
Associated Press

Gilgeous-Alexander has 35, leads Thunder past Cavs 112-100

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 35 points, his fourth consecutive with at least 30, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-100 on Friday night. Gilgeous-Alexander made 12 of 21 shots and added eight assists and five rebounds. Jalen Williams added 17 points and made all three of his 3-point attempts. […]
20 hours ago
Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell (0) celebrates after a three-point basket by forward ...
Associated Press

Timberwolves top Memphis after moment of silence for Nichols

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter as Minnesota extended its lead, D’Angelo Russell added 19 points and the Timberwolves topped the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 111-100 on Friday night. The Grizzlies took the court minutes after video footage was released of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols being beaten by […]
20 hours ago
Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk (7) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Toron...
Associated Press

Tkachuk, Forsberg lift Senators past Maple Leafs 6-2

TORONTO (AP) — Brady Tkachuk scored twice, Anton Forsberg made 31 saves and the Ottawa Senators defeated Toronto 6-2 on Friday night in the Maple Leafs’ first game since losing All-Star Auston Matthews to a knee injury. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Chabot, Drake Batherson and Derick Brassard also scored […]
20 hours ago
San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) blocks a shot by Carolina Hurricanes' Stefan Noesen (2...
Associated Press

Martin Necas leads Hurricanes past Sharks 5-4 in overtime

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Martin Necas scored late in regulation and again in overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes topped the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Friday night. Necas tied it at 4 when he got his 20th goal of the season with 11.5 seconds left in the third period. Then he beat James Reimer again […]
20 hours ago
Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) attempts a shot at Los Angeles Kings goaltender Pheo...
Associated Press

Kings hold on to beat Panthers 4-3 for 3rd straight win

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Adrian Kempe had a short-handed goal and an assist, Pheonix Copley made a career-high 41 saves and the Los Angeles Kings held on to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Friday night for their third straight win. Anze Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson and Matt Roy also scored for the Kings, who led […]
20 hours ago
Wilson cleared to return to football activities for Seattle