It’s only a sprain, and apparently a mild one.
So said coach Pete Carroll Monday morning, the day after QB Russell Wilson injured his ankle Sunday in the 12-10 win over Miami, causing the Seattle sports world to gasp, swoon and despair: In his fifth year, Wilson had the first threat to his playing time.
“He’s got a sprained ankle, a little bit of swelling and he’ll make it through,” Carroll said on his weekly radio appearance on ESPN 710. “It’s nothing very serious.”
X-rays revealed no structural damage. But Wilson was clearly diminshed after being stepped on by Dolphins all-pro DT Ndamukong Suh — accidentally, not intentionally — during a sack with 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter. He finished the game, completing six of nine passes in the game-winning final drive.
Practice time for Wilson ahead of Sunday’s game in Los Angeles against the relocated Rams will likely be minimal. Carroll also said discussions are underway about whether to bring in a veteran backup to supplement undrafted free agent rookie Trevone Boykin, who was inconsistent in the preseason.
Wilson has never missed a practice, much less game time. That’s part of why the Seahawks took a risk in a cheap backup rather than a veteran. But the available veterans (list here) does little to suggest an uptick over Boykin, unless Carroll thinks Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn or Charlie Whitehurst, all former Seattle backups, would offer emergency relief over a short period.
Carroll said a big part of the success of the final possession was improved pass protection.
“The protection was excellent in final drive,” he said. “We just need to move that up in (the game timeline) a little bit.”
Carroll also said he thought Wilson enjoyed succeeding after injury.
“I think he liked that he got banged a little,” he said. “He wanted to prove something.”