Broncos QB Russell Wilson a ‘playing time’ decision against New York Jets

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, who has had limited participation in practice this week due to a hamstring injury, is formally listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Empower Field at Mile High as Coach Nathaniel Hackett. he called Wilson’s status a “playing time” decision.

“It’s day to day at this point,” Hackett said after Friday’s practice at the team’s suburban Denver complex. “… We can always adjust anything (in the game plan) to make sure we have the best possible scenario.” , we just want to make sure he can protect himself, that’s probably the most important thing.’

Backup quarterback Brett Rypien has taken a significant number of snaps with the starting offense throughout the week, including in practice Friday, and would be the starter if Wilson doesn’t play. Rypien, 26, has spent the previous three seasons on the Broncos’ roster or practice squad before earning the backup job in training camp this year.

His only previous start in the league came against the Jets in 2020, a 37-28 Broncos win when Rypien threw for 242 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

“I’ve done more reps obviously this week,” Rypien said. “…You want to do your job to the best of your ability and put some points on the board.”

Wilson has said he suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Wilson received an MRI scan Tuesday morning and has since been officially listed as a limited participant on each of the last three days of practice.

Wilson has already been receiving treatment for a partial muscle tear near his right shoulder since the team’s Oct. 2 loss in Las Vegas. The Broncos also leave for London on Monday to prepare for an Oct. 30 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars before a Week 9 bye.

Hackett said Friday that he has had multiple conversations with Wilson, the team’s medical staff and general manager George Paton as Hackett makes a decision on Wilson’s status by Sunday. Hackett said he believes Wilson has been forthcoming in those discussions about how the injury feels.

“I know (Wilson) is going to do the right thing, I’m going to do the right thing,” Hackett said.

Asked Wednesday if he thought he could play, Wilson said, “I hope so. I’m doing everything I can to get ready to roll. That’s always my mindset. … If I can go, I will.” to go. I’m going to try to do everything I can to be ready.”

As Hackett said, Wilson’s ability to protect himself by staying away from trouble in and out of the pocket will be a big factor in the decision. The Jets’ active defensive front sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers four times and hit Rodgers nine times total in New York’s 27-10 victory over the Packers last Sunday.

Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week with five tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal attempt.

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