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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson to have MRI, consult with hand specialist

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will consult with a Los Angeles hand specialist to determine the extent of a finger injury on his throwing hand that he sustained Thursday night in a loss to the Rams, NFL Network reported.

The MRI and consultation with Dr. Steven Shin of the noted Kerlan-Jobe Institute are scheduled for Friday, per the report. The thought is Wilson has mallet finger, which is a tendon injury that affects the ability to flex the finger. X-rays reportedly didn’t reveal a break.

Wilson got hurt on a deep throw in the third quarter to Tyler Lockett, with his follow-through hitting the wrist of Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. After the incompletion, Wilson held up his bent middle finger. He returned for the next drive after getting his finger taped but threw just one pass on a three-and-out series before giving way to backup Geno Smith.

The 32-year-old Wilson has yet to miss a start in his 10 NFL seasons. His streaks of 149 consecutive regular-season starts and 165 starts counting the regular season and the postseason are both the longest active runs among quarterbacks.

Wilson finished 11 of 16 for 152 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a game the Seahawks lost 26-17. Smith led the Seahawks on a 10-play, 98-yard touchdown drive and wound up 10 of 17 for 131 yards with one TD and one interception.

Shin performed surgery on the thumb of now-retired New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in 2019. Brees injured the ulnar collateral ligament on his right thumb in a game against the Rams when Donald slammed into his hand.

The Seahawks (2-3) have a long week to prepare for their next opponent. They will face the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3) in Week 6.

–Field Level Media