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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is "progressing well" in his recovery from finger surgery, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Wilson is scheduled to have the pin removed from the finger on Friday and has a shot to be back for Week 10's game vs. the Packers, per Garafolo. We'll continue to keep an eye on Wilson's status.

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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.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport both report that Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (finger) could be back by Week 10. Rapoport calls it the "best-case scenario." Wilson will at least miss Seattle's next 3 games vs. Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Jacksonville. The Seahawks then have a Week 9 bye before a Week 10 game in Green Bay. We'll see if Wilson can make it back for that one.

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.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson talked about running a more up-tempo offense under new OC Shane Waldron, formerly of the Rams. "We have some nuances across the board that really challenge the defense, using the whole field and really expanding the offense," Wilson said via USA Today. "Just using everybody as much as possible, in all different formations and different looks and different tempos.” With Waldron on the Rams staff in 2020, Jared Goff ranked 3rd league-wide in no-huddle dropbacks, per Sports Info Solutions. So there’s some weight behind the sentiment. Entering the summer, Wilson checks in as a top-8 fantasy QB.

The Seahawks took Western Michigan WR D’Wayne Eskridge in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. One of the fastest receivers in this class, Eskridge clocked a 4.40-second 40 time at his Pro Day and routinely ran by defenders last year on his way to a 33-768-8 line in just 6 games. That came as a 23-year-old, 5th-year senior against weak MAC defenses, though. Eskridge played RB in high school and bounced between WR and CB over his first 4 seasons at Western Michigan. So while his speed and athleticism is intriguing, he’s a project. “He’s like a classic track guy playing receiver as far as the routes and the straight-line (speed) and doesn’t quite know what he’s doing,” a scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He is sudden and fast in open space, but I just don’t think he really knows how to play football that well. He’s like a backup gadget-type player.” The pick is a head-scratcher considering Seattle wants to be a run-first offense and already has WRs D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, who are signed through 2022 and 2025, respectively. Don’t bank on Eskridge being a fantasy factor this season. And we’re not excited about his long-term outlook.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that multiple league executives believe the Seahawks will "eventually make [QB Russell Wilson] available because of brewing tension." The Athletic posted a great piece on the deteriorating relationship between Wilson and HC Pete Carroll, spurred mostly by disagreements over the direction of the offense. Wilson, of course, wants to air it out, while Carroll has always had a more conservative philosophy. Wilson hasn't yet demanded a trade, his agent told ESPN, and has told the team that he'd like to remain in Seattle. We'll see where this goes. Wilson has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he'd need to green-light any deal. According to Adam Schefter, Wilson would only accept a move to the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders or Bears.

The Seahawks are hiring Shane Waldron as their new OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We can't say we know much about the guy, to be honest. Waldron spent the past 4 seasons as passing-game coordinator/QBs coach for the Rams under Sean McVay. He also spent time with Washington and New England. But his only OC experience came at Buckingham Browne & Nichols High School in 2011. We've heard that Seattle wants to be a run-leaning offense going forward, but it can't be bad news for Russell Wilson and his WRs that the 'Hawks hired a former passing-game coordinator to call the plays.

The Seahawks have fired OC Brian Schottenheimer. ESPN's Adam Schefter cites "philosophical differences" between Schottenheimer and HC Pete Carroll. We assume that's referring to the offense's run/pass split, which has long been a topic of debate in Seattle. The 2020 Seahawks offense was a juggernaut over the 1st half of the season, averaging 34.3 points and 414 total yards per game on a 59.3% pass rate. They sunk to 24.3 points and 335 yards in the 2nd half on a 56.6% pass rate. We'll see who the 'Hawks go with as their new OC. Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett's fantasy stocks are on the line.

The Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have agreed to a 4-year, $140 million extension that includes $65 million in signing bonus and $107 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal came at the end of a window Wilson had set for extending his contract and ends all the trade speculation. Wilson might have found even more fantasy upside in an offense less focused on running the ball, but he has finished 3 of the past 5 seasons among the top 6 fantasy football QBs. Wilson's extension obviously helps Seattle's wideouts, who certainly would have seen a downturn in efficiency with any replacement.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Friday that WR Doug Baldwin (knee) will play against the Cardinals this weekend. "He looked great [in practice]," Carroll said. "He was explosive. The suddenness that we have come to love in his play was there. He caught the ball great." Baldwin has been sidelined since Week 1 and was limited in practice this week, so it's unclear if he'll be a full-go on Sunday. Consider him a risk/reward WR3 for Week 4. Baldwin's return is a nice boost for QB Russell Wilson.

The Seahawks have named Brian Schottenheimer their OC. Marty's son has 9 seasons of NFL experience as an OC -- 6 with the Jets and 3 with the Rams. Only 2 of those teams ranked better than 20th in total offense. Schottenheimer has favored the run as a play-caller, with 6 of his 9 squads ranking higher in rush attempts than pass attempts. We were hoping for a more creative hire for Russell Wilson and Co.

The Seahawks have fired OC Darrell Bevell. He spent the past 7 seasons in that post, leading Seattle to top 15 finishes in total offense in each of the past 4. His play-calling has been questionable lately, though, often waiting until too late in games to really unleash QB Russell Wilson. We'll see who the 'Hawks tab as Bevell's replacement. The offensive line remains a bigger issue than the play-calling.

The forecast for today's Rams-Seahawks game calls for a 50% chance of rain with winds of 10-15 mph. Gusts could get up to 30 mph, according to meteorologist Kevin Roth. That's not quite enough for us to adjust our projections for this game, but you can use the weather as a tiebreaker.

The Seahawks acquired LT Duane Brown from the Texans on Monday in exchange for CB Jeremy Lane and a pair of draft picks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Seattle will send a 2018 fifth-rounder and a 2019 second-rounder. It'll get 1 of the league's better LTs, who spent the 1st 6 games of this season holding out over displeasure with his contract. Brown obviously improves a Seahawks line that entered Week 8 ranked among the league's bottom half in Football Outsiders' adjusted line yards (rushing) and adjusted sack rate. On the other side, Houston can use the CB help, but Lane doesn't mean any change in fantasy outlook for the team D.

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