Denver may only be without their starting quarterback for one game.
Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said he thinks Russell Wilson could return from a hamstring injury when they face Jacksonville in London next week.
“He’s going in that direction,” Hackett said after Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the Jets. “He did everything he could to try to be there, but it was just a bit early with this short week. Hopefully we see him there and if not, we’ll be smart with him as well.
Wilson pushed hard to play against the Jets despite injuring his hamstring, a notoriously finicky muscle, just six days earlier. In the end, Hackett, general manager George Paton and the Broncos decided the quarterback should only miss the fourth start of his more than 10-year career despite lobbying from the quarterback.
Simmons’ take on the review: Denver safety Justin Simmons said he thinks the officiating team should have allowed DJ Jones to return a fumble for a touchdown and then review the play rather than rule the quarterback Jets Zach Wilson was fired at the end of the first quarter.
Bill Vinovich’s crew ruled that Denver defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones touched Wilson as he spun on the ground, knocking him down on contact when his forearm touched the ground. Wilson lost control of the ball at this point, and DJ Jones picked it up and threw it into the end zone for what would have been a 13-7 lead.
Instead of a scoop-and-score, however, the Jets pitched two games later.
“In my opinion, I thought when a play like this happens, you set it on a touchdown and then go back and revise it,” Simmons said. “But I don’t know exactly. I was just talking with the ref and I think he said only half of the forearm had to be down for it to be down. It’s so hard to tell in real time.
Simmons also challenged a 19-yard pass interference call on K’Waun Williams in the fourth quarter that set up the Jets’ final field goal – “That was huge. I have to watch it, but I don’t know about that one either” – although he quickly added, “you can’t blame (a loss) the calls.
From the infirmary: Denver lost a pair of starters and its most productive running back in the game.
“More guys are getting banged,” Hackett lamented. “We need to stay healthy.”
Outside linebacker Baron Browning, who is in the middle of a breakout season, left the game with a sustained hip sprain chasing Wilson in the second half and will undergo an MRI on Monday, a source told the Denver Post. .
Left tackle Cam Fleming suffered a quad injury late in the game. Running back Mike Boone injured his right ankle. He was using a crutch and wearing a walking boot in the locker room after the game, but a source said an initial X-ray was negative. He will undergo further tests on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.
Hackett said the team’s Monday afternoon flight to London could impact the status of injured players this week.
“I think so, we’re going to have to talk about it,” Hackett said. “We will have to make up our minds. When you have three guys who are injured, you want to see the seriousness of the situation because of the long trip and see if they will be available as we move forward.