Quarterbacks Rodgers, Wilson set to return as Seahawks face Packers Sunday

After missing the Seahawks’ previous three games with a finger injury suffered Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Rams, quarterback Russell Wilson will once again be on the field when the Seahawks (3-5) take on the Green Bay Packers (7-2) Sunday afternoon. Wilson was officially activated from the Seahawks’ injured reserve Friday.

Wilson’s injury is known as Mallet finger, a fracture that occurs when the extensor tendon ruptures from the tip of the finger. According to Dr. Jerry Huang, an orthopedic surgeon with UW Medicine, more severe fractures have the potential to never return fingers to full function, but assuming Wilson is pain-free and has full range of motion, Dr. Huang doesn’t expect the quarterback to be limited in his ability to throw the ball. Dr. Huang also noted that Wilson’s four-week recovery was “extremely” fast compared to the typical eight-week window for similar injuries.

The Packers will see the return of their own All-Pro, Super Bowl-winning quarterback, as Aaron Rodgers was officially activated off the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. Rodgers had tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 3 and was required to quarantine for the league minimum of 10 days.

Rodgers missed the Packers’ last game, a 13-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 7. Packers rookie backup quarterback Jordan Love started that game, going 24-41 for 258 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The Seahawks went 1-2 in Wilson’s absence, dropping a close game to the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, 23-20, and suffering another close 13-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints before defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-7 on Halloween. In those games, backup quarterback Geno Smith completed nearly 71% of his passes for 571 yards, with five total touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Also returning Sunday is Seahawks rookie wide receiver Dee Eskridge, who was activated from the Seahawks’ injured reserve Friday after suffering a concussion in the Week 1 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

You can watch the Seahawks take on the Packers on KIRO 7 on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1:25 p.m.