Russell Wilson had his ankle/foot stepped on during the third quarter, but he was able to rally the Seahawks against the Dolphins.
Russell Wilson was hobbling and limping. He didn’t look explosive and ran only when he really had to.
And yet in the fourth quarter, with the Seahawks trailing and only a couple minutes left in the game, Wilson, hobbled and all, made play after play.
On the final drive, Wilson was 6 for 9 for 55 yards and a touchdown. He completed a 22-yard pass on fourth and four, and he floated a perfectly-placed pass for a 2-yard touchdown to Doug Baldwin with just 31 seconds left. He completed his final six passes, all huge in their own way.
And it all happened after Wilson was injured, and there was a moment where his backup, Trevone Boykin, was warming up on the sideline.
In the third quarter, Wilson had his ankle/foot stepped on by Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and got up limping. He stayed in the game for two more plays and then came to the sideline and immediately got looked at by trainers.
He had his foot heavily taped and came back into the game, but he never looked the same.
Normally, Wilson runs all over the field, even when he’s simply carrying out a play-action fake; he rarely moved at all after the injury. He normally scrambles around the field; he rarely did that either. When the defense is on the field, Wilson often sits on the bench, looking over what happened on the previous possession. He paced the sideline instead.
Wilson never looked comfortable. Whatever it was — his ankle, his foot — bothered him, and he wasn’t the same player after that.
Not until the end, anyway.