The morning after Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson left the game with a finger injury, there was not yet any definitive news on the severity of the injury or how long of a recovery Wilson might be facing.
Wilson, who injured his finger when it hit Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald's arm on a follow through, flew Friday morning to Los Angeles to see a hand specialist, and until those meetings happen, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had no definitive news to share on his quarterback.
"He's getting looked at by an expert this morning," Carroll said. "I don't know much more than last night. We've just got to wait and see what they assess.
"We'll know a lot more by the end of the day… But there's something going on, there's definitely something going on and we've got to figure out what the extent of it is, and what is the next step to deal with it."
For Wilson, potentially missing any games, if that ends up being the case, would be uncharted territory for a player who up to this point has started every game of his 10-year career, and who before Thursday had never left a game due to injury and been unable to return. Whatever diagnosis Wilson gets on Friday, Carroll expects his quarterback to handle what comes next as well as anyone could.
"This is Russ at his finest in terms of competitiveness," Carroll said. "He's doing everything possible to be ready to take advantage of whatever is available to him. He's tuned in and focused, he was up all night working it, he's already flying to go see the docs. Everything has been done as fast and as efficiently as possible. It's looking ahead, we're already looking at getting right and coming back, that's how we're talking about it, and I know that he'll maximize whatever the timeframe is. He's going to do a fantastic job of doing whatever he's up against."
As he did after the game Thursday night, Carroll reiterated that the team has full confidence in Geno Smith should they need the backup quarterback to start any games. Smith, who last started a game in 2017 while with the Giants, and who had attempted only five passes in the past two seasons with Seattle, played well in relief of Wilson, leading two scoring drives after entering the game, including a 98-yard touchdown drive immediately after taking the field.
"I thought Geno did a marvelous job last night," Carroll said. "Geno has been practicing with us for all this time waiting for his opportunity if called upon, and the patience that he's shown with us to stay with it, and his relationship with Russ and the coaches, he's been impeccable, and then when he went out, he executed like he can. He's a very talented football player, he's got a great arm, he's got great sense, and he knows the system really well. I totally trust that Geno can do this, and I think you saw it last night in a really difficult situation—hurry up, all that kind of stuff, he was really good at it. He really understands the system, so we'll be able to stay with the preparation and that'll help everybody. Geno makes guys around him feel confident and feel comfortable, and I thought that was a great showing."
As Smith detailed after the game, it can be challenging being a backup quarterback when your job is to be ready to play every week, even when you rarely do, and Carroll said Smith's ability to do just that is a key trait for a backup quarterback to possess, even if that player would rather be starting in the first place rather than exhibiting that trait.
"It's a challenge, because somewhere in there, how do you keep hope alive?" Carroll said. "That's really what this is, and you have to have a special makeup. That's why they're really good backup quarterbacks are special in a number of ways, but that's one of them, their ability to get better and to improve without the work, and to have to use your imagination on how things would develop and all that, because they don't get the opportunities and the repetitions. You've got to be really special. Geno's got that makeup. It's not the makeup that Geno would like to be proud of—'I'm really good at backing up'—because he wants to be a great starter. And I've always talked to him like that that he is, and that's what he will be when the time comes. So now he's going to get a chance, I'm thrilled for him."
Running back Chris Carson missed Thursday's game with a neck injury, and Carroll said they don't know yet if he will be back next week when the Seahawks play at Pittsburgh.
"I don't know, I really don't know," Carroll said. "This is really a day-to-day deal with Chris. We've got to see how he responds. The short week just did not help him at all, so that's too bad."
Asked more about the injury, Carroll said, "He's got an old injury that you can see. I don't know if it's chronic, but it occasionally pops up. It hasn't been an issue in the past. He didn't get hit, it's a condition that he's got, probably from weightlifting and all the stuff he's done over the years, or it could have been something a long time ago, and it's just flared up some. So we're being really careful with him. He was just too uncomfortable to play."
Receiver Dee Eskridge, who has been out since leaving a Week 1 game with a concussion, was placed on injured reserve Thursday. Asked about that move, Carroll said it was because of "the uncertainty of when he's coming back. We're not sure yet. He can work out and look good in his workouts and all, but it's what he feels like after that continues to show he needs more time."
As for injuries coming out of Thursday's game, Carroll said, "Russ was the only guy who got hurt."
Gerald Everett cleared to come off COVID-19 list.
Tight end Gerald Everett passed multiple COVID-19 tests this week, but the Seahawks did not get a second negative PCR test result—the one required by the league and one that has to be processed in Burbank, California—before it was too late to activate him for the game.
Carroll said Everett is cleared to return now and will practice when the team gets back to work on Monday. The Seahawks currently have an open roster spot with Eskridge going on injured reserve, so no corresponding move would have to be made to add Everett back to the roster.
Pregame photos of the Seahawks warming up to take on the Rams at Lumen Field.