This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
Being an injury analyst can be maddening sometimes, especially when teams fail to provide specifics regarding an injury. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when the Seahawks let out a surprisingly transparent press release detailing Wilson's right middle finger injuries. The details came directly from Dr. Steven Shin, the surgeon who operated on Wilson, and included descriptions of both issues.
Shin revealed the first injury was a mallet finger injury. Mallet finger generally occurs when an athlete strikes the tip of the finger on the ground or an object. In Wilson's case, this occurred when he struck the helmet of a Rams defender. The resulting force caused one of the tendons that extends the finger to tear away from its anchor site. As a result, the distal end of the finger is usually unable to straighten and must be stabilized and splinted.
The second injury detailed the extent of the bone-related injury. Dr. Shin disclosed that Wilson also suffered "a comminuted fracture-dislocation of the proximal interphalangeal joint." The first word, comminuted, means the bone fractured into multiple pieces. The dislocation means the bone was also forced out of alignment, specifically where the first bone of the middle finger meets the second at the proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP).
Dr. Shin repaired both injuries, and the team is confident that Wilson will be able to return to his normal style of play. However, when that will occur remains uncertain. The initial timeline was six-to-eight weeks, though there is growing optimism