Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws the ball in the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Russell Wilson ‘looks good,’ still limited in practice

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day on Thursday due to his hamstring injury.

“He had a good day of practice today,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “(He) looks good, and we’re just going to keep on monitoring it day-to-day and make sure he’s OK.”

Wilson’s level of participation in practice on Friday likely will go a long way toward his availability for the Broncos (2-5) in their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) on Sunday in London.

“We’ll find out,” Hackett said about whether Wilson will play on Sunday. “It’s day-to-day. Want to be sure ‘Ryp’ (Brett Rypien) and Josh (Johnson) are both ready at the same time.”

Wilson, 33, missed last Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the New York Jets after sustaining the injury in Denver’s Week 6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He also has been playing through an injury to his throwing shoulder, a partially torn lat muscle that required a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Rypien completed 24 of 46 passes for 225 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against the Jets.

The Denver offense has struggled despite the offseason acquisition of Wilson. The former Super Bowl winner has thrown for 1,442 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions through six games, completing 58.6 percent of his passes — far below his career average of 64.8.

Like Wilson, defensive lineman Mike Purcell (knee) and linebacker Josey Jewell (knee) were limited in Thursday’s practice.

Offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (quad), linebacker Baron Browning (hip), cornerback Essang Bassey (hamstring), wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (groin) and safety Caden Sterns (hip) did not participate in practice on Thursday.

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Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos QB Russell Wilson has partial hamstring tear

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has a partially torn hamstring and could be sidelined beyond Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, NFL Network reported.

The Broncos haven’t revealed the extent of the injury, but NFL Network said tests earlier this week showed the partial tear, classified as a Grade 2 hamstring strain.

The team ruled Wilson out on Saturday and Brett Rypien was set to make the start against the Jets.

The report said a partial tear usually causes a player to miss multiple weeks. The Broncos are scheduled to play the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday in London and then have a bye in Week 9, so Denver could be targeting a return for Wilson on Nov. 13 at Tennessee.

Wilson, 33, injured his hamstring in Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He also has been playing through an injury to his throwing shoulder, a partially torn lat muscle that required a platelet-rich plasma injection.

The Denver offense has struggled despite the offseason acquisition of Wilson. The former Super Bowl winner has thrown for 1,442 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions through six games, completing 58.6 percent of his passes — far below his career average of 64.8.

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Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson likely game-time decision for Broncos vs. Jets

Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said Friday that the team likely will make the call on gameday whether to play injured quarterback Russell Wilson against the visiting New York Jets on Sunday.

“He’s day-to-day at this point, so it’ll probably be a game-time (decision),” Hackett told reporters. “We just want to be sure he can protect himself. That’s the most important thing.”

Wilson was limited in practice for the third consecutive day and was listed as questionable to play Sunday after he hurt his hamstring during Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He’s also playing through an injury to his throwing shoulder, a partially torn lat muscle that required a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Backup Brett Rypien would be tapped to start if Wilson can’t go. Rypien shared first-string reps with Wilson at practice to prepare for that possibility. Journeyman Josh Johnson is also with Denver but would need to be called up from the practice squad.

The Broncos’ offense has struggled despite the offseason acquisition of Wilson. The former Super Bowl winner has thrown for 1,442 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions through six games, completing 58.6 percent of his passes, far below his career average of 64.8.

Last season marked the first time in his 11-year NFL career that Wilson missed a game, ending a 149-game ironman streak. He missed three in all last season for the Seattle Seahawks.

“He’s a grinder,” Hackett said. “He works hard and he’s tough. That’s who he is — he fights through everything.”

Denver cornerback Essang Bassey (hamstring) was ruled out and safety Caden Sterns (hip) was listed as doubtful. Defensive tackle DeShawn Williams did not practice Friday with a back injury and is questionable, along with offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz (foot), linebacker Josey Jewell (knee) and defensive tackle D.J. Jones (ankle).

The Jets ruled out defensive end Jermaine Johnson II (ankle) and wide receiver Elijah Moore, who requested a trade Thursday. Safety Ashtyn Davis (hamstring) is questionable.

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Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Khalil Mack (52) in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Russell Wilson needs tests on hurting hamstring

Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson injured his hamstring in the fourth quarter of Denver’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night.

Wilson completed 15 of 28 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos (2-4) scheduled an MRI to detect the severity of his injury as part of the team’s post-mortem Tuesday.

“I kind of scrambled to move around on one, I had to throw it away, it kind of got me pretty good in the fourth quarter,” Wilson said. “Just tried to play through it … just trying to find a way to win the game.”

Denver has a short week to prepare for the New York Jets (4-2), who muffled the Packers in Week 6. The Broncos operate a rough derivative of that system under former Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Denver’s first-year head coach.

The Broncos failed to hit 17 points on the scoreboard for the fifth time in six games in the 19-16 overtime loss to the Chargers and Wilson completed only three passes for 15 yards in the second half.

He came out of the Week 4 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders (Oct. 2) with a muscle tear in his right shoulder.

“Shoulder did good, but listen, the only thing that matters is us winning,” Wilson said. “Not going to sugarcoat it, the only thing matters is us winning.”

Wilson said “we don’t have division in our locker room” when asked how the Broncos can stick together during the difficult stretch.

The Broncos parted with multiple draft picks to pry Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks and signed him to a five-year, $245 million contract extension. In addition to quarterback Drew Lock and tight end Noah Fant, Denver traded two first-round picks and two second-round picks for Wilson.

After a second overtime loss in as many weeks, Wilson said he felt like the Broncos should’ve won both games.

“We’ve got to find ways to make plays,” he said. “We’ve got to find ways to get touchdowns.”

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Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs off the field after the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Hackett expects QB Russell Wilson to face Chargers

Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said he expects quarterback Russell Wilson to be ready to play Monday night against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“He should be ready to play,” Hackett told reporters Tuesday.

Wilson spent part of last week on the injury report with a right-shoulder injury, leading Hackett to say the nine-time Pro Bowl selection was “dinged up.”

After an ugly 12-9 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, Wilson reportedly flew to Los Angeles to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection.

NFL Network has reported that Wilson is playing through a strained lat muscle in his throwing shoulder.

The Thursday-to-next-Monday gap between games in Denver’s schedule gives the Broncos (2-3) more than a week off to recover physically and mentally.

“We’ve been banged up a little bit, and the guys need this time to be able to re-energize themselves and get all their bodies back,” Hackett said. “So I think this mini-bye comes at the perfect time for us.”

Wilson, acquired from the Seattle Seahawks last spring in a blockbuster trade, has thrown for 1,254 yards and four touchdowns this season, with three interceptions. He’s completed 59.4 percent of his passes and put up a passer rating of 82.8. The lowest single-season passer rating of his career was a 92.6 in 2016.

Wilson has gone 13-for-28 passing in the red zone with one touchdown and one interception. In Thursday’s loss, he missed open receiver K.J. Hamler in the end zone during overtime and forced a pass elsewhere instead. The ensuing incompletion ended the game, with Hamler spiking his helmet against the ground in frustration.

Hackett was asked if the Broncos would try to develop an offensive scheme that would be better for Wilson.

“Most of the stuff that we’ve done as we collaborated and made this offense is stuff that he’s comfortable with, that we’re comfortable with,” Hackett said. “We’re always going to do what’s best for our guys, what’s best for Russell, and we’ll continually develop a plan for him on all the things that he does well.”

On Friday, Wilson tweeted a quote attributed to Winston Churchill: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Hackett did not feel the quote reflected the state of the Broncos.

“I mean, that’s the first time I’ve heard that quote, but no,” Hackett said. “I think it’s a beautiful day; I’m here with everybody here. There is a lot of improvement to be done. Whenever you know that there’s improvement that can happen, you know that there’s going to be a lot of improvement.”

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Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) in the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos QB Russell Wilson has shoulder procedure

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson underwent a procedure to relieve discomfort in his throwing shoulder, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Wilson reportedly received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection on Friday in Los Angeles, one day after the Broncos dropped a 12-9 overtime decision against the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Wilson completed 21 of 39 passes for 274 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions against the Colts, and the Broncos are 2-3 since signing the longtime Seattle Seahawks star to a $245 million contract extension.

Wilson showed up on the injury report last Tuesday with a right shoulder injury, with coach Nathaniel Hackett saying the nine-time Pro Bowl selection was “dinged up” after Denver’s Week 4 loss at Las Vegas.

According to Saturday’s report from NFL Network, the 33-year-old Wilson is dealing with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle, an injury more common to baseball players.

Wilson has completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 1,254 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions in five games. His worst completion percentage for a full season was 61.3 percent in 2017.

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Oct 2, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Russell Wilson, Melvin Gordon set to play Thurs.

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Melvin Gordon III are both set to play in Thursday’s night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Gordon (neck) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s walkthrough after being limited the first two practices of the week. Wilson (shoulder) was listed as limited again Wednesday but did not have a game designation. Gordon also isn’t listed with a game status.

Gordon is RB1 on the Broncos’ depth chart with Javonte Williams out with a season-ending knee injury. Mike Boone is RB2 with Latavius Murray signed to the active roster Tuesday. Murray is not expected to play against the Colts, however.

Gordon has fumbled four times this season, losing two. He has 139 yards and one touchdown on 37 carries. Boone has three carries for 20 yards this season.

The Broncos ruled out OLBs Jonathon Cooper (hamstring) and Aaron Patrick (concussion), safety P.J. Locke (concussion) and OL Quinn Meinerz (hamstring) for the game.

Wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring), cornerback Darius Phillips (hamstring) and offensive lineman Billy Turner (knee) are listed as questionable.

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Oct 2, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during a game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Russell Wilson (shoulder) ‘super confident’ he’ll play Thursday

Russell Wilson was limited in the walkthrough held by the Denver Broncos on Tuesday but insists he will play Thursday night.

Wilson, also limited on a non-practice day Monday, said he’s “super confident” his strained right shoulder can hold up in a game situation. He said he plans to be on the field for the Broncos (2-2) when they face the Colts.

Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said the Broncos consider Wilson day-to-day. Running back Melvin Gordon (neck) did not practice Tuesday for the second consecutive day, meaning Mike Boone could start for Denver. The Broncos lost Javonte Williams to a season-ending knee injury against the Raiders.

“You get banged up a couple times here and there,” Wilson said of his status.

But Wilson said he has “no limitations” for the Week 5 “Thursday Night Football” date with Indianapolis. The Colts are not ready to rule out their lead back, Jonathan Taylor, who is fighting a turf toe injury. Indianapolis will be without linebacker Shaquille Leonard. The Colts listed three injuries for Leonard on Tuesday: concussion, nose and back.

The Raiders beat the Broncos 32-23 on Sunday in Denver’s highest-scoring effort of the season. Wilson has been sacked 12 times.

Boone has three carries for 20 yards this season.

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