Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Suffers Gruesome Broken Finger Thursday Night

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson suffered a gruesome injury to his middle finger during the team's Thursday night football game against the Los Angeles Rams.

The incident occurred during the third quarter of the game, with the Rams leading Seattle, 9-7.

Wilson, 32, was going into his motion to throw the ball when his hand got caught against the arm of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who was going up to try and block the pass.

Wilson's middle finger then appeared to bend all the way back, dislocating it at an extremely awkward angle. Despite this, though, he was able to walk off the field relatively calmy and did not visibly appear to be in pain, staying on the sideline for the majority of the remainder of the game.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Wilson
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson suffered a gruesome injury to his finger during a Thursday Night Football game against the LA Rams. Steph Chambers/Getty

Wilson was attended to on the sidelines by trainers and removed from the game, being replaced by backup quarterback Geno Smith. Wilson, who is known around the NFL for his durability, has never missed a full game in his entire NFL career, and has had 149 consecutive starts for Seattle. John Boyle, a digital media reporter for the Seahawks, noted that Wilson was hurt for a few plays in 2017 during a game against the Arizona Cardinals, but had not missed any action since then.

Seattle has not yet said whether Wilson will miss any significant time due to the injury.

Social media predictably went wild after footage of Wilson's twisted finger began circulating across the Internet. Video of the injury can be seen below, but be warned, it's not for the faint of heart.

If you have a weak stomach, do not look at Russell Wilson’s finger.

— Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) October 8, 2021

ESPN NFL analyst Mina Kimes seemed to say what everyone else online was thinking, tweeting simply, "STOP SHOWING IT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD."

Wilson played both football and baseball at North Carolina State University before transferring to the University of Wisconsin for one year, leading the Badgers to a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl appearance.

He was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Wilson has been with the Seahawks for his entire professional career and has played in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013 against the Denver Broncos. He is also an eight-time Pro Bowler.

Earlier today before the game, Wilson posted a message to his 5.5 million Twitter followers, saying "TONIGHT is for YOUR GLORY JESUS!!!"


— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) October 7, 2021

While Geno Smith did play well in relief of Wilson (throwing his first touchdown pass in four years), the Seahawks were unable to come back after losing their starting quarterback, and fell to the Rams, 26-17. This drops the team's record to 2-3, putting them in fourth place in the NFC West until more games are played this upcoming weekend. The Rams, meanwhile, improved to 4-1 on the season.

The Seahawks will next travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers on October 17. The Rams' next game is that same day against the New York Giants.

(10/07/2021, 11:30 p.m. ET): This story has been updated with additional information.