Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson had one of his worst performances in recent memory on Thursday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts. He completed just 21 of 39 pass attempts for 274 yards and threw two interceptions in the Broncos’ 12-9 loss to Matt Ryan and the Colts.
His ill-advised pass intercepted by Stephon Gilmore late in the fourth quarter, with the Broncos leading by three and in the red zone, and his errant pass in overtime to Courtland Sutton and his failure to spot a wide-open KJ Hamler were two plays that Wilson was heavily criticized by fans and analysts.
Former NFL quarterback turned analyst Dan Orlovsky tweeted during the game that Russell Wilson was likely injured or uninterested in playing and it turns out he was right in his observation.
Russell Wilson injury: QB playing injured
On Saturday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter revealed that Wilson was playing with a partially torn lat near his right shoulder.
According to Schefter, Wilson was injured in the first quarter of the Broncos’ 32-23 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. The quarterback took injections before the Colts game to keep going and help his team to a victory. A torn lat near his throwing shoulder explains Wilson’s poor exit. After the game, the quarterback referenced the injury but took responsibility for the loss:
“You have to watch this, I have to watch this and see where I can improve. I was fighting, obviously, just the shoulder [injury] and all that and just trying to play fast. We should have won this match. [We] should have won it. Like I said, it’s on me.”
Russell Wilson will not have surgery and will be available to play the Broncos’ Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. The Broncos 2-3 will have to come up with a new recipe in light of this development because Russ certainly can’t cook with such a serious injury.