The bye week came at an opportune time for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who used the early-season break to continue rehab on the ankle he sprained in Week 1 and the knee he sprained in Week 3, injuries that have not held him out of a game, or practice, all year.
"I went to California and just got treatment and was down there," Wilson told reporters before Thursday's practice of how he spent his time off in the sun down south. "Got some vitamin D."
Wilson, who fully participated in Wednesday's practice, said he took "the same zealous approach" to treatment last week, staying on top of the rehab process each morning, afternoon, and night while also paying close attention to proper nutrition and hydration.
"I'm feeling great," Wilson said as Seattle readies for its Week 6 game against the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons. "Feeling way better. Just getting better and better every day, every week, which is a great thing, so I'm feeling good."
Despite each setback limiting his mobility, Wilson turned in his best performance of the year the last time the Seahawks lined up, completing 23-of-32 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns in Seattle's Week 4 road win against the New York Jets. While much of Wilson's time was spent completing throws from the pocket in that game, as his threat to run returns the Seahawks coaching staff expects Wilson to aid a run game that has been inconsistent through the season's first four weeks.
On a normal week, Wilson said he averages "probably five hours" of sleep each night, and while his rehab routine has afforded him less than that, Wilson said, "I've got to do what I've got to do to be ready to roll."
"Ever since I was little I used to get up early in the mornings, that's just how I am," Wilson said. "In college, too, I took 18 credits every semester, I played football and baseball, get up for spring football practice, would go to baseball games, and I'm just used to it. It's one of those things that I'm excited to get up in the mornings. Every time I get to wake up and come to this job and every time I get to come to practice, every time there's a game, I look forward to the opportunity.
"I can sleep in the offseason if I need to, get a couple extra hours, but in terms of during the season the job is to win and do whatever it takes to win."
As for how close to normal Wilson feels?
"I guess you'll have to see on Sunday," he said. "We'll have to find out."
The Seahawks and Falcons have battled 16 times, including playoffs, since 1976, with Seattle owning 10 victories. The two teams meet again this Saturday in the Divisional Round of the playoffs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.