Russell Wilson isn't playing at 100 percent these days, but the Seahawks quarterback is feeling good enough to have a sense of humor.
After already battling ankle and knee injuries this season, Wilson showed up on the injury report this week with a right pectoral injury, which on Wednesday caused him to be listed as limited in practice for the first time in his five-year NFL career. On the bright side, Wilson pointed out, his ankle injury, which was sustained in a season-opening win over Miami, is no longer on the injury report.
"The great thing is my ankle is no longer listed," Wilson said with a chuckle.
As for his latest injury, Wilson said his pec, "is a little sore, but I think I'll be fine and get over it, and just continue to rehab at the highest level and as much as I can."
And as was the case when he hurt both his ankle and his knee earlier this season, Wilson said he has no intention of missing this week's game.
"That's not the plan," Wilson said when asked if he could miss Sunday's game at New Orleans. "You know me, I will do everything I can to be ready at the highest level."
Wilson said the injury happened at some point in Sunday's tie at Arizona, though he wasn't sure exactly when it occurred. Wilson didn't miss a play in the game, and in fact was at his best while playing with the injury in overtime.
"That definitely gives you confidence," Wilson said. "I think you have to be mentally tough through it. Like I said, the ultimate goal is try to find a way to win the game. Obviously this week is just trying to be smart, we don't play until Sunday, so I keep telling the trainers we still have four full days, so that's exciting news."
If all of these injuries are taking their toll on Wilson, who before this season had never been listed on an injury report, he's not letting it show.
"I think ultimately, you have to be mentally tough about it," he said. "You have to have the mental fortitude to really overcome a situation. I'm good, like I said, the best part about it is my ankle feels good, so that's a good thing."
"You don't play this game thinking you're never going to get dinged up or injured. I think that you always have some times when you get a little bumps and bruises, you get an ankle here and there. I've had some tough ones. The great thing is being able to overcome them. I look forward to overcoming the storm. That's kind of my mental thought process on it. I look forward to it, I think it's a great thing."
Wilson said his sprained knee, which happened in Week 3 against the 49ers, is also feeling better that it was when he was first playing through an injury that very well could have kept him on the sideline for multiple games.
"My knee is feeling good," he said. "I've had a pretty relatively serious injury with my knee. They told me I wasn't supposed to play for four weeks, maybe longer. You just overcome it. I'd be lying to you if I said my mobility was 100 percent, but I feel really good right now. You just take one week at a time and you go out there and you try to find a way to win and try to find a way to continue to help our football team to win in whatever way possible."
The Seahawks held practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday as the team prepares for the New Orleans Saints.