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Russell Wilson | Right finger fracture / Tendon rupture | 4-8 weeks | Out Week 6
Wilson hit his finger on the outstretched arm of a defensive lineman Thursday night. He suffered two separate injuries -- a rupture of the tendon responsible for extending the tip of his middle finger and a fracture of the finger. The injury was complicated enough to require surgery to reattach the tendon and screws to fixate the fractured finger.
The initial return estimates ranged from 4-8 weeks. It's a wider range than we commonly see for finger injuries but reasonable. The fracture will not be healed within four weeks but the screws will provide necessary stability and the pin will allow for full extension of the finger. Full recovery then depends on range of motion and strength in the finger, which will require additional time due to the splint Wilson will need to wear after surgery.
The most optimistic target is Week 10 -- five weeks after surgery and the week following Seattle's bye. Wilson and the team won't know whether he'll be able to meet that target until the end of the month.
Saquon Barkley | Left ankle injury | Week-to-Week | Doubtful Week 6
Barkley stepped on a defender's foot and severely rolled his ankle. He was carted to the locker room and did not return to play.
Low ankle sprains do not usually require a long period of rehab and recovery. However, high-grade ligament sprains are sometimes unstable enough to need a week or more before return to play. Also, while low ankle sprains are commonly associated with the grotesque amount of swelling shown on the television broadcast, Barkley's swelling was notably higher than the most commonly injured ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
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