Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason (9) throws for an interception Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Seahawks claim former UW QB Jacob Eason off waivers

The Seattle Seahawks claimed quarterback Jacob Eason off waivers Wednesday, one day after he was let go by the Indianapolis Colts.

Eason is a native of Washington state and played collegiately in Seattle at the University of Washington.

The Seahawks added to their quarterback depth as Russell Wilson remains sidelined with a broken finger on his throwing hand. Wilson was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Seattle started Geno Smith last week and also has Jake Luton on the practice squad.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the team had “talked to” free agent quarterback Cam Newton, but that hasn’t materialized into an agreement. Newton, a former league MVP, recently announced he received his COVID-19 vaccination; his vaccination status was perceived as one reason why the New England Patriots released him before the season.

Eason, 23, appeared in one game this season for Indianapolis, completing 2 of 5 passes for 25 yards and an interception in the Colts’ Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Eason played the last two series of the game after starter Carson Wentz left with an ankle injury.

The Colts waived Eason in favor of sticking with two other back-ups, Brett Hundley and Sam Ehlinger, the latter of whom was activated from IR Tuesday.

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Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks on during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll: Seahawks have talked with Cam Newton

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday the team reached out to free agent Cam Newton after fellow quarterback Russell Wilson sustained a finger injury.

Carroll, however, appeared to qualify his admission to 710 ESPN Seattle as the team essentially doing its homework on all available quarterbacks.

“Just so you know, we have talked to him. We’re talking to everybody that could help us,” Carroll said.

Newton, a former NFL Most Valuable Player, has been out of work since the New England Patriots released him on Aug. 31. The Patriots opted to go with first-round pick Mac Jones as their starting quarterback.

One impediment to his return had been his COVID-19 vaccination status, however Newton said in a video he posted to YouTube Sunday night that he now is vaccinated. Players who aren’t vaccinated face a five-day waiting period between signing with a team and reporting for duty.

Newton, 32, has passed for 31,698 yards and 190 touchdowns and rushed for 5,398 yards and 70 TDs in 140 games (139 starts) with the Carolina Panthers (2011-19) and Patriots. He won MVP honors and guided the Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2015 season.

Geno Smith threw for 209 yards in the Seahawks’ 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. His fumble in the waning minutes of overtime led to Chris Boswell’s game-winning 37-yard field goal.

During Seattle’s 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 7, Wilson sustained a ruptured tendon and a fracture-dislocation of the middle finger on his throwing hand. He had surgery the following day, with a reported timetable of four to eight weeks to return.

Wilson, 32, had not missed a game since entering the league in 2012. His ironman streak of 149 consecutive games officially ended on Sunday.

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Oct 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is pressured by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Rasheem Green (94) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers hold off Seahawks in overtime

Chris Boswell kicked a 37-yard field goal with 2:50 remaining in overtime as the host Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Russell Wilson-less Seattle Seahawks 23-20 Sunday night.

The field goal was set up by T.J. Watt’s strip sack of Geno Smith, with Devin Bush recovering the ball at Seattle’s 16-yard line.

Seattle sent the game to overtime on Jason Myers’ 43-yard field goal as time expired.

The Seahawks almost didn’t get a chance to kick the tying field goal. With 18 seconds left, DK Metcalf caught a 12-yard pass along the sidelines. Instead of stepping out of bounds, he tried to turn up field and fumbled. Teammate Freddie Swain recovered and, after the officials reviewed the pass completion, Smith spiked the ball with two seconds left to stop the clock.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 29 of 40 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers (3-3) and Najee Harris rushed for 81 yards on 24 carries and made six receptions for 46 yards and a score.

Smith, filling in for the injured Wilson, was 23 of 32 for 209 yards and a touchdown. Alex Collins rushed 20 times for 101 yards and a score for the Seahawks (2-4).

Seattle defensive end Darrell Taylor was carted off the field after suffering an apparent neck injury while trying to tackle Harris on a run up the middle with 3:10 remaining in regulation. Taylor was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, but NBC reported he had movement in his extremities.

Trailing 14-0, the Seahawks opened the second half with a 10-play touchdown drive, with Collins scoring on a 2-yard run. Collins rushed eight times for 58 yards in the series.

The Steelers responded with a 27-yard field goal by Boswell to make it 17-7.

The Seahawks scored again on their next drive, with Smith throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Dissly.

Seattle’s offense stalled on the next possession, but Myers kicked a 40-yard field goal to tie it at 17-all with 12:59 remaining.

The Steelers took a 14-0 halftime lead. Harris opened the scoring on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger with 10:01 remaining in the second quarter. Tight end Eric Ebron scored on a 1-yard run with 1:04 left.

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Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) returns to the sideline following a series against the Los Angeles Rams the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson headed to injured reserve

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said quarterback Russell Wilson would be placed on injured reserve with a finger injury.

During last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams Oct. 7, Wilson suffered a ruptured tendon and a fracture-dislocation of the middle finger on his throwing hand. He had surgery the following day, with a reported timetable of four to eight weeks to return.

“That’s what’s coming up, yeah,” Carroll said Friday when asked whether the team was planning to move Wilson to IR.

Players on IR must sit out a minimum of three weeks. Wilson will miss the Seahawks’ games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars. Then Seattle has a bye week, meaning the earliest Wilson can return to the field would be a Week 10 matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Wilson, 32, has not missed a game since entering the league in 2012. His ironman streak of 149 consecutive games officially will end Sunday when Seattle faces Pittsburgh. Geno Smith has been tapped to start in Wilson’s absence.

Starting running back Chris Carson (neck) was ruled out for the second straight game after not practicing all week. Carroll said the Seahawks were still considering whether Carson would need to be moved to IR.

Alex Collins started in Carson’s place last week and is likely to get the majority of the work in Week 6.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers (21) waits for a snap against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals acquire CB Tre Flowers off waivers from Seattle

The Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday acquired cornerback Tre Flowers off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks released the fourth-year player Tuesday, reportedly at his own request after losing his starting job.

Flowers, 26, started Seattle’s first three games but was replaced by Sidney Jones in Week 4. He played only on special teams the past two games.

A fifth-round pick by Seattle out of Oklahoma State in 2018, Flowers started 40 of 47 games with the Seahawks and registered 212 tackles, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two sacks. He has 16 total tackles this season.

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Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) scrambles beyond the grasp of Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Mike Hoecht (96) during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks prepare to face Steelers without Russell Wilson

Trivia question: Who was the last quarterback to start a regular-season game for the Seattle Seahawks other than Russell Wilson?

The answer would be Tarvaris Jackson in the final game of the 2011 season.

Wilson’s ironman streak likely will end Sunday, though, when the Seahawks (2-3) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3).

Wilson underwent surgery Oct. 8 on his right middle finger because of an injury sustained the previous night in a 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Wilson, who had started all 165 games — regular season and playoffs — since arriving as a rookie in 2012, suffered a ruptured tendon in what is often referred to as mallet finger and a fracture/dislocation of the joint at the top of the finger.

With Wilson almost certain to miss the Steelers game, Geno Smith will make his first start since 2017.

Smith has been getting instruction from Wilson on the practice field this week.

“(Wilson) knows his job is to help Geno and get him ready,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

Smith played the fourth quarter against the Rams, completing 10 of 17 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown while leading two scoring drives. He threw a late interception after his intended target, Tyler Lockett, ran into a defender and fell down.

“Everybody believes that (Smith is) going to come through and do a great job, just like he showed the other night,” Carroll said. “So we need to support him and give him the help he needs by playing good ball around him and coaching real well around him and be really excited to see what the outcome is.

“I think there’s a lot of things that change in a young guy’s mind when he gets this opportunity, but (Smith has) been there a lot. It’s just been awhile. … He loves the fact that he’s got this chance to help his team. That’s why he’s been here. He’s been here for this opportunity when it does arise.”

Seahawks running back Chris Carson (neck), who sat out last week’s game, has missed practice time this week, but Carroll said he was encouraged by Carson’s progress. Linebacker Bobby Wagner (knee) and guard Damien Lewis (illness) also have sat out practice.

The Steelers snapped a three-game skid with a 27-19 victory against the Denver Broncos last week. Rookie Najee Harris rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and Ben Roethlisberger completed 15 of 25 passes for 253 yards and two TDs.

It was a costly victory, however, as wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster sustained a dislocated shoulder and underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday.

“You can’t replace JuJu,” Roethlisberger said.

Chase Claypool helped pick up the slack vs. the Broncos with five catches for 130 yards and a touchdown.

“Everybody (in the wide receivers room) is capable of playing and contributing to the offense, so we are not worried about that,” Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson said. “We are still going to go out there and play for JuJu.”

Steelers linebacker Devin Bush, who left last Sunday’s game with a groin injury, was back as a full participant in practice this week, as was defensive back Cam Sutton (groin), who didn’t face Denver. Claypool (hamstring) and fellow receiver James Washington (groin) were limited on Wednesday.

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Sep 19, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers (21) waits for a snap against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Seahawks to release former starting CB Tre Flowers

The Seattle Seahawks reportedly are set to part ways with former starting cornerback Tre Flowers.

According to multiple media reports, Flowers asked for his release after starting Seattle’s first three games at right cornerback, then losing his job to Sidney Jones in Week 4. He has played only on special teams the past two games.

A fifth-round pick by Seattle out of Oklahoma State in 2018, Flowers has started 40 of 47 games with the Seahawks, registering 212 tackles, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two sacks. He has 16 total tackles this season.

Flowers’ expected release would leave the Seahawks with four cornerbacks: Jones, D.J. Reed, John Reid and Bless Austin. Rookie fourth-rounder Tre Brown may take the vacant spot after returning to practice last week off injured reserve.

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Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson to have MRI, consult with hand specialist

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will consult with a Los Angeles hand specialist to determine the extent of a finger injury on his throwing hand that he sustained Thursday night in a loss to the Rams, NFL Network reported.

The MRI and consultation with Dr. Steven Shin of the noted Kerlan-Jobe Institute are scheduled for Friday, per the report. The thought is Wilson has mallet finger, which is a tendon injury that affects the ability to flex the finger. X-rays reportedly didn’t reveal a break.

Wilson got hurt on a deep throw in the third quarter to Tyler Lockett, with his follow-through hitting the wrist of Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. After the incompletion, Wilson held up his bent middle finger. He returned for the next drive after getting his finger taped but threw just one pass on a three-and-out series before giving way to backup Geno Smith.

The 32-year-old Wilson has yet to miss a start in his 10 NFL seasons. His streaks of 149 consecutive regular-season starts and 165 starts counting the regular season and the postseason are both the longest active runs among quarterbacks.

Wilson finished 11 of 16 for 152 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a game the Seahawks lost 26-17. Smith led the Seahawks on a 10-play, 98-yard touchdown drive and wound up 10 of 17 for 131 yards with one TD and one interception.

Shin performed surgery on the thumb of now-retired New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in 2019. Brees injured the ulnar collateral ligament on his right thumb in a game against the Rams when Donald slammed into his hand.

The Seahawks (2-3) have a long week to prepare for their next opponent. They will face the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3) in Week 6.

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Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive back Marquise Blair (27) breaks up a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver DeSean Jackson (1) during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks’ defense on pace to allow record number of yards

The Seattle Seahawks find themselves on pace to break an unenviable record following Thursday night’s 26-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The Seahawks’ defense was ranked last in the NFL in total yards heading into Thursday night’s game. Seattle surrendered 476 total yards to the Rams, boosting its total to 2,254 yards through five games.

That’s an average of 450.8 yards a game, and puts the Seahawks on pace to surrender 7,663.6 yards in a 17-game season. That would be the most in NFL history, according to Pro Football Talk.

The current record for yards allowed in a season is 7,042, set by the New Orleans Saints in 2012. That Saints surrendered 440.1 yards a game over a 16-game season. That means the Seahawks wouldn’t set the record solely based on the new 17-game schedule.

The Seahawks (2-3) return to action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 17.

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Oct 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson leaves with finger injury

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson injured the middle finger of his throwing hand midway through the third quarter of the Seahawks’ Thursday night game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Wilson hurt his right hand on a deep throw to Tyler Lockett, with his follow-through hitting Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. After the incompletion, Wilson held up his bent middle finger.

Wilson tried to come back for the next drive after getting his finger taped but threw just one pass on a three-and-out series.

Journeyman Geno Smith then took over and led the Seahawks on a 10-play, 98-yard touchdown drive, going 5-for-5 for 72 yards and a 23-yard scoring strike to DK Metcalf. That was Smith’s first touchdown pass since 2017, when he played for the New York Giants.

Wilson finished 11 of 16 for 152 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a game the Seahawks lost 26-17.

–Field Level Media