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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson tweeted Monday that the pin is out of his injured right middle finger. He said: "No more pin. Time to Win." That should mean the QB is on track to play Week 10, after Seattle's bye. We'll certainly watch to confirm.

7:20pm EDT 10/15/21

The Seahawks placed QB Russell Wilson (finger) on IR. That knocks him out for at least the next 3 games. Seattle then has a Week 9 bye, so Week 10 is the earliest Wilson could return. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport recently called a Week 10 return the "best-case scenario" for Wilson. QB Geno Smith is in line to start the next 3 games vs. Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Jacksonville.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had surgery Friday on the right middle finger he injured in Thursday night's loss to the Rams. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Wilson needed screws to stabilize the finger and that his return timetable is "roughly 6 weeks." We'll certainly watch for updates along the way, but this is tough news for everyone in the Seattle passing game. Geno Smith played decently in relief of Wilson on Thursday night, completing 10 of 17 passes (58.8%) for 131 yards, 1 TD and an INT -- plus 3-23 rushing. But he's obviously a far cry from the efficiency of Wilson. Week 6 brings a visit to Pittsburgh, which has played soft in pass coverage early this season. Then comes a home date with New Orleans, which Football Outsiders rates 3rd in overall defensive DVOA; 6th against the pass. Seattle also becomes a strong matchup or team defenses while Wilson is out.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has yet to miss a start through 9+ NFL seasons. But NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes that streak is "in some doubt" after Wilson hurt his right middle finger in Thursday night's loss to the Rams. HC Pete Carroll described Wilson's injury as a "bad sprain" after the game and wouldn't put a timeline on Wilson's return. Wilson is set for more testing on Friday, and surgery hasn't been ruled out, per Rapoport. We'll let you know as soon as we know more. Geno Smith would step in as Seattle's starter if Wilson misses time.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson injured the middle finger on his right (throwing) hand in the 3rd quarter of Thursday night's game vs. the Rams. Wilson got it taped up and returned for the next possession. But it was QB Geno Smith under center the next time Seattle took the field. We'll update Wilson's status when we know more.

QB Geno Smith has agreed to terms with the Chargers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Smith infamously got 1 start in place of Eli Manning in his lone season with the Giants, when then-HC Ben McAdoo controversially benched the veteran. Smith did little, just as he did across 4 years with the Jets. He’ll now join his 3rd NFL team, a move that likely won’t alter any QB plans the Chargers might have for the upcoming NFL Draft

12:05pm EDT 3/17/17

The Giants have signed QB Geno Smith, per the New York Post's Brian Costello. Not surprisingly, Smith didn't garner much (any?) interest as a starter. So he'll settle for a backup gig behind 36-year-old Eli Manning. If Smith makes a good impression with his new club, perhaps he'll be considered as Manning's eventual successor. That seems like a long shot, though.

Jets QB Geno Smith is believed to have suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game against the Ravens, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He'll undergo additional testing to confirm the injury that would end his season. Incredibly jinxed, Smith is due to hit the free-agent market this offseason. The Jets, meanwhile, will go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. He gets a plus Week 8 matchup against Cleveland's 30th-ranked QB defense, putting him on the spot-start radar for bold fantasy owners.

Jets QB Geno Smith injured his right knee in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens. He headed back to the locker room with trainers. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: Smith has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets will name QB Geno Smith their Week 7 starter. HC Todd Bowles said QB Ryan Fitzpatrick would get the nod immediately after Monday night's loss to the Cardinals. But he evidently changed his mind after reviewing the tape. Smith wasn't any better in relief on Fitzpatrick in that one, completing 4 of 6 passes for 31 yards and an INT. He can't be trusted in fantasy lineups against the Ravens this weekend. But Smith does offer some rushing upside and is worth grabbing in 2-QB leagues.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was yanked from Monday night's game against the Cardinals after throwing a 4th-quarter red-zone INT -- his 10th pick in the last 4 games. He finished 16 of 31 (51.6%) for 174 scoreless yards. QB Geno Smith replaced Fitzpatrick and was promptly picked off on his 6th attempt. We'll see who the Jets roll with vs. the Ravens next week, but neither guy can be trusted in fantasy lineups.

Update: HC Todd Bowles said after Monday night's game that Fitzpatrick will start Week 7. But he didn't commit to Fitzpatrick as his starter for the rest of the season.

There's been no progress recently in contract talks between QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets. In fact, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that the 2 sides haven't talked in "over a month." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, hears that the team might be waiting to see some work from QB Geno Smith before making a move on Fitzpatrick. "It certainly could be within the realm of possibility that we have to see not just a little bit of Geno Smith, like maybe a couple reps in OTAs or minicamp, but a lot of Geno Smith, maybe even into preseason games, for there to be some sort of movement here between the Jets and Fitzpatrick," Rapoport said. While Fitzpatrick returning to New York remains the most likely scenario, it's far from a guarantee. Perhaps OC Chan Gailey believes his offense will be just fine with Smith under center.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) was on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice.  He wore a glove on that injured left hand but threw and took snaps from under center, according to insider Rich Cimini.  We'll see how Fitzpatrick responds to the workout, but it certainly looks like he has a chance to play against the Jaguars this weekend.  QB Geno Smith (shoulder) also practiced on Wednesday.

Jets QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith are both uncertain for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.  Fitzpatrick suffered ligament damage in his left hand in yesterday's loss to the Raiders and will need surgery at some point, according to HC Todd Bowles.  But it sounds like he'll put off that surgery for now.  Bowles labeled Fitzpatrick day-to-day.  Smith, meanwhile, is dealing with a "big bruise" on his left shoulder, per Bowles.  There's no structural damage to the non-throwing wing.  Bowles said that the team is exploring trade options for a QB.  Rookie Bryce Petty is the only healthy QB on the roster right now.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a hand injury in the 1st quarter of today’s game against Oakland. Fitz picked up the injury on a scramble. Geno Smith has entered in relief, while the veteran is officially questionable to return.

Update: Fitzpatrick is dealing with a sprained left (non-throwing) thumb, according to insider Doug Moore.

Jets insider Manish Mehta believes the team's starting QB job is Ryan Fitzpatrick's "to lose."  Geno Smith is out for at least the first couple of weeks with his broken jaw.  If Fitzpatrick starts well, he'll have a chance to hang on to the gig.  Fitz has been a mediocre real-life QB throughout his career, but he did have his best 3-year stretch under current Jets OC Chan Gailey.  With Gailey in Buffalo, Fitz completed 59.4% of his passes with 56 TDs and 49 INTs.  Even that caliber of play might be good enough to keep the starting job.  Fitzpatrick gets a solid Browns defense to open the season but then draws plus matchups against the Colts and Eagles.  He'll be a sneaky DFS play those weeks.  We still wouldn't use a draft pick on Fitz, but he's a potential in-season spot-start option.

Jets QB Geno Smith is out 6-10 weeks after being sucker-punched by teammate IK Enemkpali.  That dude has already been released, while Smith is now out for at least the first 2 games of the regular season.  The longer end of that timetable would cost him 5 games.  That moves QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to the top of the depth chart.  Fitz has long been a subpar real-life QB but has had some fantasy success, especially with current Jets OC Chan Gailey.  In 3 seasons with Gailey in Buffalo, Fitzpatrick ranked 10th, 16th and 19th, respectively, in fantasy points.  He could be a sneaky spot-start option in deeper fantasy leagues and DFS games.  The Jets get positive early-season matchups against the Colts (Week 2), Eagles (3) and Redskins (6).

Jets QB Geno Smith has yet to throw an interception through 8 training-camp practices.  His command of the offense is "night and day from the spring and from OTAs," HC Todd Bowles said.  "He looks like a man in control," ESPN's Rich Cimini wrote.  We're excited to get a look at Smith in preseason action, but it sounds like he's widened his lead over QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Smith is an intriguing QB2 in new OC Chan Gailey's spread offense.

Count ESPN's Ron Jaworski among the group that still believes in Jets QB Geno Smith.  “I think Geno, when I’ve looked at him now for a couple of years in the NFL, I see a quarterback that’s getting better,” Jaws said.  “I see a nice growth every single year in Geno and I like the future of the Jets with Geno Smith at quarterback.”  Smith improved his completion rate (55.8% to 59.7%), TD rate (2.7% to 3.5%) and INT rate (4.7% to 3.5%) from 2013 to 2014.  Now he gets to play in OC Chan Gailey's spread offense, which is similar to the system Smith excelled in at West Virginia.  The Jets also added another weapon this offseason in WR Brandon Marshall.  "He can make every throw, he can do everything it takes to be an NFL quarterback. It’s just about consistency," Jaworski added.  If Smith can hold off QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job this summer, he'll be an intriguing matchup play in fantasy football.

Former Steelers QB Kordell Stewart said this week that new Jets OC Chan Gailey is the right guy for Jets QB Geno Smith. "I guarantee you—I think Chan Gailey is going to put him in a position to make him understand himself," Stewart said, per "He has one of the strongest arms in the league, and he has good feet. So there's no reason why he can't have success." Stewart became Pittsburgh's starting QB in 1997 under then-OC Gailey and ran for 11 TDs to go with just-decent passing numbers. Gailey's use of Stewart, though, helped the offense rank 7th in scoring and 6th in yards, and the Steelers reached the AFC title game. We actually discussed Gailey's impact on Stewart -- and many other positive fantasy football situations through the years -- on this week's podcast. We agree with Stewart that Gailey's hire was good news for Smith and the rest of the Jets' offense. How good? We'll see as the group gets to work over the spring and into training camp.

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