Russell Wilson says he'll play against Rams
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson insists he'll be ready to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Wilson was a full participant in practice each of the past two days after suffering a sprained ankle in the third quarter of last week's game against the Miami Dolphins.
''I'll be ready to roll,'' Wilson said on Thursday. ''I'm excited about it.''
Wilson limped through the remainder of Seattle's 12-10 victory over the Dolphins after having the outside of his right heel stepped on by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
The impact twisted Wilson's ankle heavily and limited his ability to move throughout the remainder of the game.
''It definitely hurt. That's for sure,'' Wilson said. ''My mentality was (I was) going to stay in the game and find a way for us to win this game.''
With his ankle limiting his ability to move in the pocket and scramble as usual, Wilson was still needed to drive 75 yards in just over four minutes to lead Seattle to victory. His 2-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 31 seconds remaining gave Seattle the victory.
''I think really great performers find a way,'' coach Pete Carroll said. ''You don't have to be 100 percent all the time to operate at a really high level. That's part of what's going on.''
It's the first time in Wilson's five seasons as quarterback that he's been listed on the team's injury report.
He's never missed a meaningful snap in 75 games - postseason included - because of an injury.
While he's played through a sore non-throwing shoulder before, the ankle injury was the first issue he's had as a professional to truly bring his availability into question.
''Right now we're expecting him to be full-go,'' offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said.
''I don't think he has any different thoughts than that. He's amazing in his preparation. He's probably not even sleeping with all the rehab that he's doing. I expect him to be ready to go.''
Wilson said Bevell isn't far from the truth regarding his sleep this week.
''I don't think I've really slept more than six hours all week,'' he said. ''Probably slept two hours every night so far just trying to do everything I can to make sure I'm at my best come Sunday.''
Wilson was initially in a walking boot after the game Sunday night.
However, by Monday morning he was able to leave the boot behind and progress in the rehab process. He's even brought his offseason mobility trainer, Drew Morcos, up to Seattle to help make sure he'll be ready to play in Los Angeles.
''That's what the doctors and trainers have all been saying is they're kind of shocked it's doing this well,'' Wilson said. ''Really not any swelling at all or anything like that because I got on it right away and have been hammering it right away.''
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