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Seahawks placing QB Wilson on injured reserve

The Seattle Seahawks will place Russell Wilson on injured reserve as he continues to recover from finger surgery, coach Pete Carroll told reporters Friday.

Wilson, who suffered the right middle finger injury Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Rams and underwent surgery last Friday, will miss at least three games. The earliest he could return is in Week 10 at the Green Bay Packers.

Sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler last week that Wilson is expected to be out four to eight weeks.

Wilson’s streak of 149 consecutive regular-season starts is coming to an end. According to ESPN Stats & Information, that was the sixth-longest streak in NFL history among quarterbacks. Geno Smith will make his first start at quarterback since 2017 in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Wilson was eligible to practice this week prior to the IR move. The Seahawks listed him as a nonparticipant Wednesday and a limited participant Thursday.

Running back Chris Carson also has been ruled out against the Steelers due to a recurring neck injury that flared back up against the Rams. Carroll had provided some optimism Monday, saying Carson made a “big turn” in the right direction over the weekend. Carroll said the plan was for Carson to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday, but he was listed as a nonparticipant for the second straight day.

Carroll said it was possible that Carson is placed on injured reserve as well.

Alex Collins started at running back against the Rams and gained 72 yards on 17 touches. Seattle also has DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer as change-of-pace tailbacks.

The Seahawks also ruled out backup tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (chest/biceps). No other players have game designations, indicating that everyone but Wilson, Carson and Ogbuehi is considered healthy enough to play.


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