This article was published at 10:25 am, 12/12/2022.
Last update: December 12, 20,22, 10.25h.
Russell Wilson, the Denver Broncos’ quarterback suffered a concussion in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was injured during an early fourth-quarter scramble in red zone.
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, seen here after a tackle by Kansas City Chiefs CB L’Jarius Sneed at Empower Field, exited the game with a concussion. (Image: USA Today Sports)
Wilson was treated for concussion. Backup quarterback Brett Rypien then replaced Wilson, and the game was completed.
The Chiefs won the AFC West divisional match between first and last places teams 34-28. This improved their record to 10-3. Broncos lost five straight games and fell to 3-10 in record.
The Broncos had a +9 record against Chiefs and were able to cover the spread by six points. The Broncos are now 5-8 against the spread.
The total of points in Broncos games was over for the second consecutive season. Although the total for Chiefs/Broncos was 44, both teams scored 62 points. For this season’s Broncos, 11-2 is the current record for placing the point under.
The Chiefs are +500 odds to win Super Bowl LVII as the third favorite on the DraftKings’ futures board. The Chiefs have the lowest odds of winning Super Bowl LVII, with only the Buffalo Bills (+350), Philadelphia Eagles (+450), and the Philadelphia Eagles (+450). The Chiefs won the battle against the Broncos and are now the #2 seed in AFC playoff standings. They trail the Bills at the top.
Wilson wins vs. Mahomes: Strong performance
Wilson finished the game but still had one of his finest performances. Wilson was 23-for-36 passing for 247 yards with three touchdowns. He was sacked six and threw an interception.
Wilson, in addition to being a great passer, led the Broncos with rushing. Wilson rushed for 56 yards in four attempts. This included the unfortunate 13-yard scramble, which led to a concussion.
Through 25 minutes of play against the Chiefs the Broncos played awfully. After falling behind 20-0 in the first quarter, Wilson gave the Chiefs another touchdown by scoring a pick six. Willie Gay intercepted Wilson from 47 yards, so the Chiefs increased their lead to 27-0 in halftime.
Late in the second quarter, the Broncos got on the board when Wilson completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy. On the next possession, Mahomes was intercepted by Patrick Surtain (Broncos cornerback). Wilson and Jeudy connected on the last play in the half. Jeudy’s five-yard touchdown cut down the deficit to 27-14.
When Wilson tossed a 66 yard touchdown pass to Marlon Makock, the Broncos got their first possession. The Broncos led 27-21 with 21 points scored.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes orchestrated an 82-yard touchdown drive. The Chiefs increased their lead by 34-21 at quarter’s end.
Wilson KO’d in Fourth Quarter
Wilson continued to try to keep Broncos on the field with another scoring drive at the start of the fourth quarter. The Broncos were deep into Chiefs’ territory, but facing a long third down in the red zone. Wilson scrambled towards the end zone, with his receivers completely covered. Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed tackled Wilson short of the goal line at the two-yard line. Sneed raised his arms, but Wilson was motionless.
Closeup shots from television showed Wilson looking stoic and motionless. Wilson’s condition was rapidly taken care of by the medical personnel who quickly ran to his aid.
I looked down at him after the play, and I see him squealing and stuff like that,” Chiefs lineman Frank Clark told the Denver Post.
Wilson was helped to his feet by two staff members. With a small clump from Empower Field in his helmet, he slowly moved to the sidelines.
Wilson was checked out in the blue medical tent on the Broncos’ sideline. Wilson was keen to get back to the game but staff removed his helmet and declared him disabled from the sport with a concussion. TV cameras captured a huge welt on Wilson’s right temple.
“He was fighting the whole game,” said Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett.
“Russ was putting his body on the line, man,” said Rypien. “We’re 3-9, they’re 9-3 and the guy is out there battling his ass off, trying to win the game. That to me is somebody I want to follow.”
Rypien came from the bench to throw a touchdown pass to Jeudy. It was his third scoring of the match. Although the Broncos were trailing by 34 to 28, they didn’t score again. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos to win the game.
Russell Wilson —
He is likely to enter concussion protocol. He is unlikely to return to the field.
— Jeff Mueller, PT, DPT (@jmthrivept) December 11, 2022
Wilson to Miss Week 15.
The Broncos lost just one of their last ten games after starting at 2-1. Broncos are the lowest scoring team in the NFL this season due to a combination of factors, some of which, were not under Wilson’s control. Wilson, the quarterback, was criticized by the media for taking a lot of flak from his fans.
Wilson shouldn’t miss the Broncos next game as they are out of playoff contention. There’s a chance he’s sidelined the remainder of the season.
“We’ll go through that step-by-step process and do it the right way,” said Hackett after the game.
Week 15: The Broncos play the Arizona Cardinals. They hit the road for away games against the Los Angeles Rams on Christmas in Week 16, and meet the Chiefs again on New Year’s Day in Week 17. In Week 18, the Broncos will play at home against the Los Angeles Chargers to end their season.
Wilson was involved in multiple injuries during the season. In Week 4, Wilson suffered from a small tear to his left shoulder lat muscle. While he did not have to miss any games due to the lat injury, a one-game hamstring injury caused him some difficulty. He partially tore the left hamstring after an overtime loss against Chargers in Week 6.
Rypien was against the New York Jets during Week 7. However, the Jets won. Wilson played Week 8 in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wilson won the Broncos’ victory despite a hamstring injury and broke a losing streak of four games.
Rypien could start in Week 15, if Wilson doesn’t clear concussion protocol. Oddsmakers anticipate Rypien will start, and they opened the Broncos/Cardinals line as a pick’em.