Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said Thursday that there is "no doubt'' he will play against the New York Jets on Sunday.
With four words, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson settled what had been four days of questions about whether he will play Sunday against the New York Jets.
“No doubt (he’ll play),” Wilson said. “No doubt.”
Wilson, who suffered a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Sunday’s 37-18 win over the 49ers, was again listed as a full participant in practice Thursday, saying when he met the media shortly before taking the field that he has no limitations.
“I feel great,” he said. “I feel strong.”
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Asked what he was able to do at practice on Wednesday, Wilson said “everything.”
So with the question of his availability answered quickly, Wilson instead largely talked about what happened Sunday and the process since then to get ready.
“I don’t want to miss a day, ever, so that’s just kind of my mentality,” Wilson said. “So I’ve got to do whatever it takes.”
Wilson called the injury, which happened when he was sacked via an illegal horse collar tackle by San Francisco’s Eli Harold in the third quarter, “kind of a freak thing. A scary moment. But tons of rehab. It’s been feeling great, feeling strong. So I’ll be ready to go.” (Harold told reporters in San Francisco Thursday that he had been fined $18,231 for the play but that he would appeal.)
Wilson said what he hasn’t done since Sunday is any convincing of coach Pete Carroll to let him play since he says it isn’t necessary with the way his knee has improved throughout the week.
“The doctors looked at my leg,” he said. “They see my mobility in it, they see my strength in it. There’s nothing about politicking.”
Wilson said he will play with a knee brace, something he said he also did for a time while playing in college at North Carolina State.
“Been able to do it and it’s not going to be a hindrance really at all,” he said. “So I don’t mind wearing one.”
As he did after suffering a high ankle sprain in the opener against Miami, Wilson said he approached the rehab as an almost around-the-clock challenge.
“Really, the first, 48 hours 72 hours is really important and just treating it as much as I can and then trying to let it heal,’’ he said. “And tons of prayer and also just a lot of treatment.
“I think that it’s a mindset, too — how much do you want to get on it? How much pain tolerance you can have and how much you can take and how much can you ignore the outside noise and trust in what you can take and what you can do. And I think a lot of it is getting out and practicing and pushing it a little bit and seeing how much I can do what I can do well. And I feel really strong, feel great out there. So I’m excited about it.’’
Wilson has now been injured twice in three weeks, with the knee injury causing him to miss a few snaps due to injury for the first time in his career.
But Wilson said the injuries won’t change the way he plays.
“The first one was just kind of a weird incident, doesn’t usually happen,’’ he said. “The second one, it was third and long, I’ve got to throw the ball away. That was on me more than anything else. I think that I was trying to stiff arm him — almost had him and then he got me a little bit. I think ultimately just continue to play the game smart. I think that’s always been the key for me, always will be. But also playing the game tough and not having a fearful mentality.’’
Not being fearful, Wilson said, includes having any worry that he could be putting himself at any additional risk playing while less than 100 percent.
“I don’t think about risk all the time,” Wilson said. “Not when I’m out there on the field. There’s a risk to play the game of football every game, every play.”