NFL roundup: Latest league news from Saturday, Oct. 23

The timeline of Russell Wilson’s impending return is becoming clearer as the Seahawks quarterback begins to heal.

Wilson is having the pin removed from his middle finger within the next week and there’s a shot at an immediate return from injured reserve, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Saturday on Good Morning Football Weekend. Wilson is eligible for a return in Week 10.

The Seahawks QB underwent surgery one day after spraining the middle finger of his throwing hand in a Thursday night loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson was placed on injured reserve five days later, meaning he’d miss a minimum of three games. The injury snapped Wilson’s streak of 149 consecutive regular-season starts to begin his career, which was the longest active streak in the NFL.

Seattle proceeded to lose it’s first game without Wilson, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6 with backup QB Geno Smith at the helm. The Seahawks go on the road this Monday night to face the New Orleans Saints and host the Jacksonville Jaguars next week before a Week 9 bye. Barring any hiccups, the Seahawks (2-4) will get their star QB back on Week 10 versus the Green Bay Packers, which was the tentative return date all along once he was placed on IR.

Injuries/COVID-19

  • Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury’s status for Sunday’s home game versus the Texans is still uncertain, Garafolo reported. Kingsbury, who missed last week’s game after testing positive for COVID-19, remained in protocol this week and has since stayed away from the team.
  • Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox is not expected to be out long-term after undergoing surgery on his broken hand this week, per Garafolo. Knox’s timeline is about three weeks, according to Garafolo, and there’s a chance he only misses a few games considering the Buffalo enters it’s bye in Week 7.

Contract restructures

  • The Los Angeles Rams restructured the contract of tackle ´╗┐Rob Havenstein´╗┐ to create $3.072 million in cap room, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source. The Rams had just $151,989 in cap room before restructuring Havenstein’s contract, and have moved a total of $48.222 million this year alone.

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