In explaining his recovery from a sprained ankle, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is in new territory. After somehow never being seriously injured through four years in the NFL, he offered some observations that seemed to depart a bit from his standard script. Wilson said he:
- Is sleeping only a couple of hours a night;
- Has never had a sprained ankle and
- Used the word limpid properly in a sentence, which may have been an NFL first.
The most important thing, from the standpoint of fans who are also getting two hours of sleep worrying about Wilson’s health ahead of Sunday’s game in Los Angeles against the Rams, is what doctors and trainers are saying.
“They’re kind of shocked that it’s doing this well,” Wilson said. “Really not much swelling at all because I got on it right away.
“I’ll be ready to roll, so I’m excited about it.”
Knowing Wilson, he would say that if leg was severed and next to him in a tray (think of the Black Knight in Monty Python’s Holy Grail).
Wilson said he called upon his personal trainer in Los Angeles to work with him at night after Seahawks trainers work during the day. Wilson uses lots of ice and, of course, prayer. The treatments, physical and spiritual, allowed him full participation in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
“I don’t think I’ve slept more than probably six hours all week,” he said. “I’ve probably slept two hours every night so far. I mean, it’s part of it. I don’t sleep anyways. It’s kind of a problem, I guess — maybe to some of you guys.”
Wilson’s “no time to sleep” theme has been part of his regimen since he arrived in Seattle, to the point he can use it against sportswriters. However sleep deprivation is seen by others, it works for his rapid healing.
“Usually when you have something wrong with your ankles they swell up pretty big,” he said. “The great part is that it hasn’t swollen up anymore at all. It looks just like the other leg.”
At least, that’s what he’s heard. Somehow throughout his many sports endeavors, he never has sprained an ankle, which seems like an obligatory sports injury for most mortals.
“Never done anything to my ankles before, I don’t think,” he said. “It’s a new experience, but nothing that you can’t handle.”
Wilson is being as methodical and relentless in rehab as he is in game-planning. Which is how he came to use limpid, which means clear, transparent, free from obscurity.
“I think just being perfectly clear is being limpid,” he said. “That’s a word of the day for you guys. Just trying to be really understanding what I’m trying to do, what I’m trying to accomplish each day.”
Also clear to many is that the football matchup between the Rams’ defensive line and the Seahawks’ offensive line is viewed with great apprehension by anyone with a 206 area code. Naturally, Wilson doesn’t see it.
“I’m looking forward to our offensive line going against their defensive line,” he said. “It’s going to be a great match-up. Our offensive line has been doing a really good job so far. They’re really strong and stout.
“That’s where most games are won, up front. You got to do a great job upfront. We’ll see what happens.”
Eyebrows will arch across the mossy inlets with that remark. Then again, this is a guy who can get stomped on by Ndamukong Suh, and pop up smiling. If it’s limpid to him, who’s to argue?