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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson cleared to play after quick recovery

The Seattle Seahawks are moving through a tough 2021 season, sitting well outside the playoff picture.

However, their postseason chances are about to get a lift with star quarterback Russell Wilson nearing closer to his return. The eight-time Pro Bowler received medical clearance on from Dr. Steven Shin, who performed the surgery on his middle finger a month ago.

“I am absolutely amazed at his progress, so much so that I can now confidently clear him for full return to play without reservation,” Shin said of Wilson in a statement via ESPN.


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It’s been four weeks since Wilson ruptured a tendon and suffered a fracture dislocation to the finger against the Los Angeles Rams. The star quarterback has made a smooth recovery from the injury that has put him well within the expected timeline to take the field.

Wilson will first need to test his finger out in practice. That will provide a clear picture if he can play on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks sit in a challenging spot to push toward the playoffs with a 3-5 record. They’re currently tied for last place in the NFC West.

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Seattle isn’t out of the playoff picture entirely, but the team faces a tough uphill battle. The team is trailing the Arizona Cardinals by four games for the top spot in the NFC West division.

Meanwhile, they sit just a half-game out of the final wild-card spot, trailing the Carolina Panthers. Wilson’s return is a boost that should push the Seahawks back toward making a serious playoff push over the last nine games.

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