INJURY REPORT

Broncos injury update: Russell Wilson ‘super confident’ he’ll play after hurting right shoulder

Oct 4, 2022, 3:00 PM | Updated: 3:01 pm
Russell Wilson...
(Photo by Andrew Mason / DenverFan.com)
(Photo by Andrew Mason / DenverFan.com)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos listed “Mr. Unlimited” as limited in practice Tuesday with a right-shoulder injury, but Broncos fans shouldn’t fret; he’ll play Thursday.

“I’m super confident,” Wilson replied when asked about his confidence level in playing.

“[I’m] Hanging in there,” he added. “You play a competitive game and you get banged up a couple of times here and there,” Wilson said.

“We’re just being smart with him,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said after the team’s walk-through session Tuesday.

Wilson is one of six Broncos listed as limited on the report, which is considered an estimated of a normal practice. The others are:

  • WR Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring)
  • RB Melvin Gordon (neck)
  • CB Darius Phillips (hamstring)
  • S Caden Sterns (hip/chest)
  • RT Billy Turner (knee)

Phillips and Turner were not seen with their teammates as Tuesday’s practice began. Turner worked out on the north rehab field with RT Quinn Meinerz and three players who remain on injured reserve: TE Greg Dulcich, CB Michael Ojemudia and S Justin Simmons.

The Broncos held four other players out of practice:

  • Edge rusher Jonathon Cooper (hamstring)
  • S P.J. Locke (concussion)
  • Meinerz (hamstring)
  • Edge rusher Aaron Patrick (concussion)

Denver also officially put edge rusher Randy Gregory and RB Javonte Williams on injured reserve. Gregory could return in November; he isn’t eligible to play again until the Week 10 game at Tennessee. Williams’ season is over after tearing multiple right-knee ligaments.

RB Latavius Murray filled one of those two vacated spots on the 53-player roster. Denver officially claimed him from the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday morning.

The Broncos could activate Dulcich and Ojemudia from injured reserve to fill the other spot. They became eligible to return this week. But if they did so, they’d play without a true practice to get ready.

“We haven’t activated their clocks right now,” Hackett said. “We wanted to be sure we got them some practice. Obviously, we can still potentially play them, but we wanted to do the right thing for them.”

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