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Seahawks star Russell Wilson’s historic streak ends as he lands on IR

Russell Wilson, Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have officially placed quarterback Russell Wilson on the Injured Reserve, which is set to keep him out for at least three games. Via Ian Rapoport:

Wilson underwent surgery on a thumb injury last Friday that he suffered against the Rams on October 7th. Sources close to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler believe that the Seahawks signal-caller will likely be sidelined four to eight weeks. In the process, Wilson’s historic playing streak ends. Before getting hurt, the veteran featured in 149 straight regular-season games. That’s the sixth-longest streak in NFL history among QB’s, per ESPN Stats And Info.

That being said, backup Geno Smith is set to receive his first start since 2017 when he was a member of the New York Jets. The Seahawks face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football in Week 6. Following this matchup, Seattle faces the Saints and Jaguars before a bye in Week 9.

The Seahawks have been struggling this season, going just 2-3 thus far. They were also handed another injury blow with Chris Carson expected to miss Sunday’s game with a sore neck, leaving their offense quite depleted. Hopefully, Russell Wilson heals quickly and is back on the field in Week 10 against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. For the time being, it will be interesting to see if Smith can keep them afloat.