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QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

5-11, 204Born: 11-29-1988College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 3

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In addition to battling a left high-ankle sprain, Russell Wilson is also recovering from an MCL sprain in his right knee. Despite the injuries, both Wilson and coach Carroll have said that he will start Week 4.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 26): Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Monday that Wilson has an MCL sprain in his left knee. Carroll said Wilson 'feels great' and is recovering well, but he will wear a brace if he plays this week. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along - pay attention to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for his practice status as Sunday approaches.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Wilson was regaining his downfield passing form against the 49ers until a knee injury took him down. He could play in Week 4 against the Jets, a somewhat tough matchup, but the Seahawks would be smart to keep him out through the Week 5 bye. If Wilson does go in Week 4, you might want to look elsewhere for your fantasy starter.

General News (Fri Sep 30): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Sep 29): practiced fully on Thursday. Wilson is likely to be ready to play in the Week 4 game against the New York Jets. Head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, Sept. 28, that "(he) would be surprised" if Wilson wasn't on the field Sunday. "He's pretty determined to get this done," Carroll said.

General News (Wed Sep 28): practiced fully on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Sep 27): was diagnosed with a sprain to the medial collateral ligament in his left knee suffered during the team's Week 3 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Head coach Pete Carroll stated Wilson "feel great" and is recovering well.

Week 4: at New York Jets

All QB vs NYJ

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Russell Wilson (knee, ankle) was diagnosed with a sprain to the medial collateral ligament in his left knee suffered during the team's Week 3 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Head coach Pete Carroll stated Monday, September 26 that Wilson 'feels great' and is recovering well. Keep an eye on his practice status in Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend draws near - with a Week Five bye looming for Seattle, they may decide to rest Wilson and go with rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin (7/9 for 65 yards rushing, one TD and one interception thrown vs. the 49ers) who closed out the win over San Francisco last weekend. During the game last week, Doug Baldwin (10 targets for 8/164/1 receiving) and Jimmy Graham (nine for 6/100/1) both got to or over 100 yards receiving, with help coming from four other players (Alex Collins, Jermaine Kearse, Luke Willson, Christine Michael) who caught two passes each (none went over 20 yards receiving in the game). The Jets' pass defense kept Alex Smith and company limited during last week's loss, allowing 25/33 for 221 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks for -16 yards. To date, the Jets' pass D averages 284 net yards passing per game, with five passing scores allowed vs. just two interceptions generated - they are tied for seventh in the NFL with nine sacks, though. Over the first three weeks of the season, New York has averaged 22.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (tied for 11th-most in the NFL); and 27 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (ninth-most); with 8.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (12th-most). This is a mediocre pass defense entering Week Four, friends. This is a neutral matchup if Wilson plays, but downgrade to a tough matchup for Boykin as he'll have to withstand a fierce pass rush if he plays (and he has little experience in a real, live regular-season NFL game).

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs MIA 82 27 43 258 1 1 4 16 0 1 16.5
2 at LA 67 22 35 254 0 0 5 14 0 0 13.1
3 vs SF 47 15 23 243 1 0 1 3 0 0 16.45
4 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 24 34 * * * 3 * * * *
4 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 19 30 * * * 4 * * * *
4 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 22 29 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs SF (15 / 23 / 243 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Wilson wasted no time finding favorite target Doug Baldwin downfield on a 34-yard pass play. On the second drive, he found him again for a diving sideline catch, before locking on to Jimmy Graham for basically the rest of the drive. Wilson's two completions to Graham helped get the Seahawks down to the 4-yard line, which set up a rushing TD. Wilson, playing on a still-injured ankle, was surprisingly nimble in the pocket, though he always threw the ball before the need to scramble. The first time he actually had to scramble out of the pocket, Wilson found Jimmy Graham open in the end zone, for his only passing TD of the game. Early in the second half, Wilson was hurt while being tackled. He initially sat out just one play and came back to finish the series. But but then was replaced by backup Trevone Boykin. The game was well in hand by that point, so taking Wilson out was partly precautionary.

2016 Week 2 vs LA (22 / 35 / 254 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 14 / 0 rush)

There was debate all week as to how much Wilson's sprained ankle would limit him or even if he would play in this game. Wilson got hit hard on his first dropback and got right back up, so there's your answer to whether or not he can play on the hurt ankle. Can he find an open receiver? Well, that's another question entirely. The answer of course, is that yes, he can. Despite the box score, and the bum ankle, Wilson did have his moments against a tough Rams defense. It looked like he was going to go 3-and-out on the first two drives, but a penalty on 3rd down gave him a redo and he found Doug Baldwin for the short first down. Next, he lofted a perfect pass downfield to Tyler Lockett for 35 yards and all seemed to going right for the Seahawks. Wilson started the game 5-for-5, spreading the ball around well, and in particular, he looked to be developing good chemistry with Lockett. He nearly hit Jermaine Kearse for the TD, but the receiver couldn't hold on in tight coverage, and - who knew? - they would camp the drive with the lone Seahawks score, a field goal. Wilson had another 40 yard catch by Lockett negated on a questionable offensive pass interference call. Wilson's deep accuracy was definitely on display, but it's really a game of inches, and that play, plus another miss (but great throw) to Paul Richardson stalled Wilson and the Seahawks, even though they seemed poised to march down the field. The main thing that hurt Wilson's game was the lack of the Read-option, which often is his money play. That, and the fact that Rawls, Lockett, and Baldwin all left the game with injuries at some point. Late in the game, Wilson looked like he might engineer a comeback similar to last week's against the Dolphins. He threw deep out of his own zone to hit Lockett for 53 yards, but the drive was halted when Christine Michael fumbled a reception at the Rams 29 yard line.

2016 Week 1 vs MIA (27 / 43 / 258 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)

Wilson basically had two good drives: one to end each half. On this day, that was enough to win the game, but it was clearly a struggle for him to accomplish the feat. In the early going, the Seahawks were in full passing mode. As if to take some heat off of the running game, Wilson threw a number of short passes. It would be a bit of a wait before he took a chance throwing further downfield. On his interception play, he made a poor decision to throw deep in desperation as he was getting hauled down. His fumble, however, was simply unlucky as he was tripped by his own lineman, who was getting pushed back by the defender. Wilson spreads the ball around well but his favorite receiver is still Doug Baldwin. He leaned on him especially in the final drive, relying on Baldwin for three key catches leading up to his touchdown catch at the edge of the end zone, which was perfectly thrown by Wilson. The often-scrambling QB hurt his ankle, which clearly slowed him down, but Wilson showed once again that he does his best work under pressure.

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Latest News

49ers | Eli Harold fined (Sat Oct 1, 09:12 AM) - San Francisco 49ers LB Eli Harold has been fined $18,231 by the National Football League for his Week 3 horse-collar tackle of Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (ankle, knee), which resulted in an MCL sprain.

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Seahawks | Russell Wilson ready to play (Fri Sep 30, 06:21 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 30, and is not on the injury report for Week 4.

Our View: Tyrod Taylor had some success against the Jets with an extended play long score. If Wilson truly is close to "healthy", he could outlast a strong Jets defensive line and allow Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin to break free for a big play. Wilson and the Seahawks offense are trending up heading into a Week 5 bye.
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Seahawks | Russell Wilson a full participant (Thu Sep 29, 08:58 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (knee, ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 29.

Our View: Sad Jets fan is sad, since he was hoping to not see Wilson at all, much less fully ready to go. Of course, Wilson might not be and a hampered Wilson is a good thing for the Jets front line. We're avoiding this, as a solid and aggressive front seven and a somewhat less mobile Russell Wilson behind a bad offensive line is a recipe for disaster. He's a QB2/QB3 this week.
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Seahawks | Russell Wilson likely to be ready (Thu Sep 29, 01:55 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (knee) is likely to be ready to play in the Week 4 game against the New York Jets. Head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, Sept. 28, that '(he) would be surprised' if Wilson wasn't on the field Sunday. 'He's pretty determined to get this done,' Carroll said.

Our View: That sigh you heard was from Jets fans who were praying Wilson would be sidelined. In reality, a hampered Wilson behind that offensive line should play into the strengths of the Jets' front seven. Don't be fooled by the score from the Kansas City game - that was not a reflection of the defense, which clamped down on Kansas City for the most part. We would avoid Wilson if you have a better matchup.
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Seahawks | Russell Wilson practices in full (Wed Sep 28, 07:55 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 28.

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Schedule

4@ New York Jets
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ Arizona Cardinals
8@ New Orleans Saints
9vs Buffalo Bills
10@ New England Patriots
11vs Philadelphia Eagles
12@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs Carolina Panthers
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs Los Angeles Rams
16vs Arizona Cardinals
17@ San Francisco 49ers