Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson’s ‘big-time’ debut a ‘big deal’


The Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said Sunday he will not be getting the full treatment for his fractured right ankle he was forced to miss in Sunday’s 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills.

Wilson is expected to play Tuesday night in Chicago against the Chicago Bears.

The Seahawks clinched the NFC West last season with their first playoff appearance since 2011.

Wilson had a career-high seven interceptions, and the Seahawks won their first division title since 1999.

“It’s huge,” Wilson said.

“I’ve played in the Super Bowl twice.

I played in a playoff game before, so it’s always been a big deal for me.”

Wilson said he was getting treatment on his left ankle.

“They’re treating it, and I think it’s good,” Wilson added.

“But the best is yet to come.”

The Seahawks were outscored 27-10 in the first half.

Wilson said it was a “big deal” to be out there, but the most important part was “to stay focused and play my best.”

Wilson had to leave the game after throwing an interception in the third quarter.

The third-year quarterback had surgery to repair the injury after being hit by Bills defensive lineman Mychal Kendricks.

Kendricks, who missed the final four games of the regular season with a concussion, said in a statement that Wilson was “doing a fantastic job of rehabbing his ankle” and “playing with such great energy.”

Kendricks added: “It has been a tough two weeks for him and for our entire team.

He has worked hard with his rehab and the staff has made great strides and are confident he can get back to his old form and compete for the starting job.”

Kendrys added that Wilson “has been a tremendous asset to this team” and has helped the team to “be successful.”

Kendries’ injury occurred just hours after Wilson had made his first career start.

Wilson was replaced by Russell Wilson III in the fourth quarter and then again in the second half.

The fifth-year pro made three throws and completed 3 of 5 passes for 21 yards.

The second-year QB had two interceptions, including a pick-six, in the game.

Wilson’s season-long injury is the second to sideline Wilson in less than two weeks.

On Oct. 11, Wilson was injured in a game against the New York Giants.

He returned a fumble on the first play of the game, but was hurt on the next play and missed the rest of the contest.

The Seattle QB, who has been the subject of trade speculation this offseason, has a $10 million salary cap hit this season and has a contract that runs through 2020.

Wilson has been getting treatment in San Francisco, but has not played a full game.