Russell Wilson on playing Sunday against Jets: ‘No doubt’
Russell Wilson insists he’ll play in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets despite suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee during last Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers.
“No doubt,” Wilson told reporters Thursday, via Pro Football Talk. “No doubt.”
The already banged-up Seattle Seahawks signal-caller suffered the knee injury when he was sacked by 49ers linebacker Eli Harold. Considering how it looked live, it’s surprising Wilson didn’t suffer a more serious injury.
Eli Harold's sack on Russell Wilson. #SFvsSEA https://t.co/hRODW8LGqw
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The Seahawks’ company line all week was Wilson would play. Considering he was a full participant in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday lends credence to the notion he’ll be good to go come Sunday.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he “would be surprised” if Wilson didn’t play. Wilson earlier this week also proclaimed he has no concerns about his knee.
Russell Wilson re: his knee: "couldn't feel any better" pic.twitter.com/OU12Zqtg5g
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Wilson on Thursday continued to profess confidence in his ability to not only play but perform well despite the wonky knee.
“I feel great,” he said. “I feel great, feel strong. Obviously practiced yesterday, practiced the full practice and everything like that. I’m excited about this week.”
Wilson has taken a beating already this season behind an offensive line many have called among the worst in the NFL. Given how the Jets defense can get after the quarterback, it’s arguably a risky move to subject Wilson to that ferocious pass rush, especially if his mobility is even just slightly compromised.
The Seahawks get their bye in Week 5, meaning if Wilson sat Sunday it would give him two full weeks to recover from the MCL sprain. Perhaps giving backup Travone Boykin a start may be the wiser course of action, if only to make sure the 2-1 Seahawks have a healthy Wilson for the long haul.